Share Love – Share Lent

This Lent Development and Peace invites us to Share Love.  Below are a few videos showing the work D&P has done over the years, inspiring work, which you have helped support through past Share Lent and emergency campaigns.  It can be easy to get overwhelmed by all the need in the world, it is important to take a moment to see the positive work being done, and progress being made.

Learn more about this year’s Share Lent Campaign by visiting the D&P website. 

Lenten Retreat & More!

LAST CHANCE! To register for our Lenten Retreat led by Fr. Raphael this Saturday March 6th.  We will use Zoom for the retreat, and material will be sent to you ahead of time, including suggestions for preparing yourself before we gather on Zoom at 10am. The retreat will include talks by Fr. Raph as well as sharing time, and will end by noon. If you have questions or wish to register please email or call the parish.

Pope Francis’ Lenten Message & More

Pope Francis has a message for all of us this Lent, this is “a time for renewing faith, hope and love”.  Click here to read the Pope’s full message.

 

The Diocese of Hamilton also has many resources you may find helpful on your Lenten Journey this year, particularly for families and young people.  We’ve included one of the simple videos below but you can see all the resources by clicking here. 

Bill C-7 and Euthanasia

Bill C-7,  which will expand the eligibility criteria for euthanasia and assisted suicide, passed in the Legislature and was sent to the Senate for approval. In the Senate further changes were made that would allow MAID (Medical Assistance in Dying) to occur more often by removing the “reasonable foreseeability of natural death” criterion currently in the Criminal Code. It will also allow MAID for those who are suffering from mental illness.

While it will be challenging to stop the proposed changes now, it is not too late for Catholics to make a difference. Contact your Member of Parliament and let them know that the changes proposed to Bill C-7 go too far, beyond what the courts called for and now put at risk all persons suffering from mental health or disabilities, the very people we should be most want to protect.

This information was shared with us by Teresa Hartnett, Director of the Family Ministry Office in the Diocese of Hamilton.

You can also learn more by going to the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition website, or sign their petition by clicking here.

Nurturing Friendship Webinar Series

The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops invites you to join a four-part webinar series hosted by the Office for Evangelization and Catechesis.

Every Tuesday in March for four weeks, we will explore how the new Directory for Catechesis helps us navigate Pope Francis’ recent Encyclical Letter Fratelli Tutti. Together with our keynote speakers from across the country, we will seek answers to the question: “Why is Fratelli Tutti important for the catechist in light of the new Directory?”

The series is designed for clergy, consecrated persons, laity involved in ministry, as well as directors and coordinators of evangelization and catechesis. All are welcome.

To learn more visit their website by clicking here.