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POPE FRANCIS INVITES YOU
TO CELEBRATE LAUDATO SI' WEEK 2021

 


"We have broken the bonds of our relationship with the Creator, with our fellow human beings, and with the rest of creation. We need to heal the damaged relationships that are essential to supporting us and the entire fabric of life."
- Pope Francis on Earth Day, Twitter, April 22, 2021



As we celebrate and observe Earth Day worldwide and during the Catholic Church's special "Laudato Si'" Anniversary Year, may we continue to learn and take action on the need to  "Care for Creation" today and every day.

Laudato Si’ Week 2021, to be held May 16-24, will be the crowning event of the Special Laudato Si’ Anniversary Year, and a celebration of the great progress the whole Church has made on its journey to ecological conversion.

Laudato Si’ Week 2021 will also be a time to reflect on what the COVID-19 pandemic has taught us and prepare for the future with hope.

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 CONSIDER JOINING 
OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Pillars Trust Fund is now accepting applications from women and men who would like to join our volunteer Board of Directors. Pillars is a fundraising organization with a 50 year history of promoting its mission to support the English-Speaking Catholic Community of Montreal.

If you are interested and have expertise in fundraising, marketing, public relations, previous board experience or other relevant competencies, see below for details on how to apply.

This past year Pillars has helped 15 parishes acquire equipment for live streaming or move forward with parish renewal projects. We continue to support many Catholic organizations through our dynamic board and have exciting new goals for expanding support to our community. 

Please send your c.v. to:
Carol McCormick, Executive Director
Email: carol.mccormick@pillarstrust.org    
or mail to:    
Pillars Trust Fund Inc.  
2005 St. Marc St.  
Montreal QC H3H 9Z9
 

2021 CLAUDE RYAN LECTURE:
NEWMAN CENTRE OF MCGILL UNIVERSITY 
 

Pope Francis' Vision for a Post-Covid World:
A Conversation with Austen Ivereigh and
Victor Muniz-Fraticelli, McGill Faculty of Law


Join us Monday, April 26, 11 a.m. EDT for a free, online event. Advanced registration required.

Austen Ivereigh is a British writer, journalist, and Fellow in Contemporary Church History at Campion Hall, University of Oxford. He is author of two biographies of Pope Francis: The Great Reformer. Francis and the making of a radical pope (2014) and Wounded Shepherd. Pope Francis and his struggle to convert the Catholic Church (2019). For full details, view flyer here.

Visit the Newman Centre's website at: https://newmancentre.org/

Subscribe to the Newman Rambler: Faith, Culture and the Academy, an online journal. Sign up HERE.

Register here

LIVE YOUR STRENGTHS ONLINE:
BEGINS APRIL 28
 

Get to know how "...fearfully and wonderfully made..." you truly are. This fun, interactive, and engaging five-week program will run from April 28 to May 26, Wednesday evenings from 7 p.m.-9 p.m. EDT via the cloud platform, Zoom

As you deepen your understanding and appreciation of your own God-given talents and those of others, the program builds on each session to help:

  • Identify what specifically makes us so incredibly unique;
  • How to become more aware and leverage the talents of others;
  • Apply what you’ve learned in real-world situations;
  • Explore how God places within each of us a calling to serve others and the Church, and then;
  • Develop your own personal Strengths mission statement that describes, in your own words, who you are, your unique contribution and value, what motivates you, and ultimately what you are going to do.
Places are limited. To learn more and reserve your spot, click the link below.
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PARISH REBOOT:
So many people have slipped away.
How do we reach them?


 
So many people from our parish have slipped away from church, even from God, over the past year. Your parish has reopened, or will soon. What if people don't come back? How do we plan to re-engage the many that have wandered away? Have we lost some for good?

Join us virtually on Wednesday, April 28, 12 p.m. EDT, as we dig into Parish Reboot: Helping People Find the Way Back.
Register here

BOOK LAUNCH OF
"LISTENING TO INDIGENOUS VOICES"
 

A Dialogue Guide on Justice and Right Relationships

The printed, full-colour guide is published by Novalis in English and French and will be available from the Jesuit Forum for Social Faith and Justice. The launch event for the guide will take place on Wednesday, April 28, from 5-6:30 p.m. EDT.
 


Commentary of the Social Action Office on the event:

As a Church, we reflected,  wrote, mobilized and prayed, as reported on the Conference of Catholic Bishops of Canada’s website.
For information about the Indigenous reality in Quebec, Aboriginal Peoples – Fact and Fiction, is available as a tool to educate: In French and English 
If incidents of racism, prejudice, hostility, oppression and discrimination persist, they are clearly at odds with the Gospel and with the teaching of our bishops on racism 
Would listening deeply and with respect to the other, would the culture of dialogue change anything? We think so, we believe so.  All are welcome!

Note: Listening to Indigenous Voices will also be launched in French, on May 4.

Please register in advance below for the virtual launch. 
Register here

MASS FOR LIFE
WITH ARCHBISHOP CHRISTIAN LÉPINE
 


 A special Mass for Life will be celebrated by Archbishop Christian Lépine on Sunday, April 25, 
5 p.m. EDT, at Mary Queen of the World Cathedral in anticipation for the National March for Life. This mass will be celebrated in French, and broadcast live on the Cathedral's YouTube channel. All are welcome to come pray for the dignity of all human life!

 

For more information, please contact the
Diocesan Centre for Marriage, Life and Family  at centredmvf@diocesemontreal.org.  

 
"You are not alone" is the theme of this year's March for Life which will be celebrated on May 13.  For more information  regarding both in person and hybrid activities related to the March, please visit: https://marchforlife.ca/  
 
"Caring for life from the beginning to the end. What a simple thing, what a beautiful thing...Go forth and don't be discouraged. Care for life. It's worth it." - Homily by Cardinal Bergoglio (Pope Francis) August 31, 2005 


FREE CATHOLIC MEN'S EVENT: APRIL 23-25 
 

Calling all Catholic Men!

The A Man and Father Conference is a FREE virtual event for Catholic men of all ages. We're diving deep into the wisdom of the Church and what she has to share as our unique identity and calling as men.

 

There is something here for every man. Register today via the link below.

Learn more and register

ARISE RETREAT COMING MAY 1ST 
 

A unique, full day, online retreat experience to meet the needs of women in unprecedented times.

Arise: Put On the Armour of Light will be pre-recorded, ensuring you receive the beauty of this retreat at any time that is convenient to you.

This retreat has been designed for individual and as a small group experience. Follow the retreat from the comfort of home, or gather together with a few other women in your home, parish or meeting space, within your current provincial Covid-19 protocols, and encourage one another, pray with each other, laugh together, and support one another as we are challenged to grow deeper in our faith.

To learn more about the speakers, click here: Arise Presenters

To register and for more details. click the link  below.

Learn more and register

TRANSFORM YOUR FAMILY CULTURE
 
The pandemic brought with it many changes to our family life and redefined our work-life balance. Are you looking to improve your home environment? Come discover the role and power of family culture in this online two-hour workshop. We will explore how to create a constructive family culture in your home. All parents are welcome.

Join us on Tuesday, May 11 from 7 p.m.-9 p.m. EDT. Advanced registration required (link below).


 
Register here

Timothy Gallagher, OMV, is an Oblate priest, a world renowned Ignatian scholar, and the author of many books on the spiritual life. His ministry is internationally sought after, and we are delighted he will be offering this retreat for us this spring.

Join us Saturday and Sunday, May 22-23, from
10 a.m.-3 p.m. EDT both days, via the cloud platform, Zoom.

The themes discussed in this retreat are based on the book Overcoming Spiritual Discouragement: The Wisdom and Spiritual Power of Venerable Bruno Lanteri.
Training sessions will be offered to those new to this program. This retreat will be helpful whether you have been on a spiritual journey for many years or are newly exploring your faith.

For more info, contact Villa Saint-Martin at 514-684-2311 ext. 227 or registraire@villasaintmartin.org

Please register in advance at the link below.
Register here

2021 ANNUAL CAMPAIGN
 

The Catholic Church of Montreal's 2021 Annual Campaign continues "On a mission: Growing. Stronger. Together." 

Witnessing the love of God also means contributing to the joy, the love, the well-being and the dignity of individuals, families, youth and humanity as a whole. Let’s support the Catholic Church of Montreal in its mission to serve and respond to the needs of our community.

Together, with the grace of God, we can meet these challenges.

 

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