From the Diocese of St. Paul

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 Priests Appointments for the Diocese of St. Paul 2016
May 18, 2016
1.    Fr. Peter Tuyen Tran having requested is granted retirement from pastoral ministry in the Diocese of St. Paul
as of June 1st, 2016.
Fr. Peter will continue his ministry to the Catholic Vietnamese diaspora.
We thank him for his 23 years of faithful ministry and wish him a blessed and faithful retirement.
M. l’abbé Peter Tuyen Tran est accordé à sa demande de se retirer du ministère
actif dans le Diocèse de St
-Paul le 1ier juin, 2016. 
Son ministère se continuera avec les Vietnamiens de la diaspora catholique.
Nous le remercions pour les 23 années de ministère fidèle et lui souhaitons une retraite heureuse.
 
 
2.    Fr. Augustine Joseph Kuttippalackal, cmi is appointed associate pastor of St. John Baptist parish of Fort McMurray. 
However, during the interim before a return to normal pastoral ministry there,
Fr. Augustine is appointed associate pastor in St. Joseph parish in Whitecourt as of June 13, 2016.

Le Père Augustine Joseph Kuttippalackal, cmi est nommé vicaire de la paroisse St John Baptist de Fort McMurray.
Cependant, en attendant d’un retour au ministère pastoral de Fort McMurray.
Le Père Augustine sera vicaire à la paroisse St
-Joseph à Whitecourt effectif le 13 juin, 2016.
 
3.    Deacon Michael Ngo who is called to ordination to the Priesthood at the Cathedral on Sept 21, 2016
will remain at St Louis de France parish in Bonnyville as associate pastor.
 
Michael Ngo, diacre, qui est appelé pour l’ordination de la prêtrise à la Cathédrale, le 21 septembre 2016
demeurera vicaire à la paroisse de St
-Louis-de-France à Bonnyville. 
 
4.    Seminarian (Jhack) Raldy Diaz to be ordained transitional deacon on May 23, 2016 at the Cathedral
is appointed to St. Paul Parish in Fort McMurray.
However, in the interval before we resume normal pastoral ministry in Fort McMurray
he is appointed to St. Jean
-deBrébeuf parish in Mallaig effective May 23, 2016. 
(Jhack) Raldy Diaz le séminariste qui sera ordonné pour diacre transitionnel le 23 mai, 2016 à la Cathédrale
est nommé à la paroisse St
-Paul de Fort McMurray.
Cependant en attendant un retour normal pour son ministère pastoral à Fort McMurray,
Jhack sera assistant à la paroisse de St
-Jean-de-Brébeuf à Mallaig. Ceci entre en vigueur le 23 mai, 2016. 






Statement on 

Amoris Laetitia

DÉCLARATION SUR L’EXHORTATION

 AMORIS LAETITIA

Amoris Laetitia (On Love in the Family) is Pope

 Francis' teaching following the 2014 and 2015 Synods 

on the Family in Rome.  I have heard it said that the 

Holy Father is a very poetic person and the fact that 

this new teaching document was signed on the 

Solemnity of St. Joseph is perhaps an indication of 

this.  St. Joseph  was the protector of the Holy Family,

 but for us, he is all the Patron Saint of Canada.  The 

Pope's teaching concludes with a lovely Prayer 

to the Holy Family.


For us, in the Diocese oof St. Paul, this Exhortation

 comes at a timely moment after our Year of the 

Family celebrations.


This teaching document is a vast and often poetic 

reflection on marriage and family, and while it does

 not change Church teaching or discipline on

 marriage, it does urgently call all pastors, parishes,

 and Catholic institutions to work to support families

 and to help them grow in Love.


During our diocesan celebrations of family life, 

we saw and heard messages about the beauty and 

dignity of marriage, the wonderful gift of children, 

and the home as a place oof love, of nurturing, 

of identity and of security.  Now the Pope's teaching 

comes to confirm but also to deepen our commitment 

to family life.   It is a lengthy 'read' but with time and

 reflection it yields great Christian nourishment and

tonic.  I encourage all priests and  parishioners to join 

in listening to, and learning from this beautiful, 

and yes, poetic, teaching on the Family 

from Pope Francis.


+Bishop Paul Terrio

Bishop of St. Paul in Alberta

April 8, 2016

Amoris Laetitia (Sur l’amour dans la famille) est l’exhortation post-synodale du Pape François suite aux Synodes sur la famille de 2014 et 2015 à Rome.

J’ai entendu dire que le Saint Père est une personne très poétique et le fait que cette exhortation a été signée lors de la Solennité de St. Joseph est peut-être une indication de cela.  C’était Saint Joseph qui protégeait la Sainte Famille.  Mais pour nous, il est aussi le Saint Patron du Canada!  Cette exhortation du Pape se termine par une belle prière à la Sainte Famille.   

Pour nous, dans le diocèse de St Paul, cette exhortation vient à un moment opportun suite à nos célébrations pour l’Année de la Famille. 

Ce document pédagogique est une réflexion vaste et souvent poétique au sujet du mariage et de la famille.  Bien qu’il ne change pas les enseignements de l’Église ou la discipline en ce qui concerne le mariage, il fait appel à tous les pasteurs, les paroisses et les institutions Catholiques à travailler pour soutenir les familles et les aider à grandir dans l’amour.  

Au cours de nos célébrations diocésaines de la vie

 familiale, nous avons vu et avons extend des

 témoignages au sujet de la beauté et de la dignité 

du mariage, du don merveilleux des enfants et du 

foyer étant le lieu où existent l’amour, la tendresse,

 l’identité et la sécurité.  Maintenant l’enseignement 

du Pape vient confirmer mais aussi approfondir notre

 engagement à la vie familial.

  Il s’agit d’un texte assez long à lire, mais avec le 

temps et avec réflexion, notre foi chrétienne sera 

nourrie.  J’encourage tous les prêtres, les paroissiens

 et paroissiennes à se joindre afin d’entendre et 

d’apprendre de cette belle, et oui, poétique, 

enseignement sur la famille tel que présentée 

par le Pape François.

 

…Mgr. Paul Terrio

Évêque de Saint Paul en Alberta

le 8 avril 2016      

 

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February 29 février 2016

Dear Parishioners, 

You are most cordially invited to attend Chrism Mass, Tuesday March 22, 2016.  This diocesan celebration will be held at 7:30 pm at the Cathedral in St. Paul.  Chrism Mass is concelebrated by the Bishop and the priests from all parts of the diocese.  It is a sign of unity and communion between the priests and their Bishop.  But, it is also a celebration that fosters the relationship between the Bishop and all members of his diocese, Priests, Deacons, Religious and Faithful.  

All are welcome and most especially the representatives of the parishes, the parish and mission council members, the pastoral agents and the care workers, the parish visitors to the sick and shut-ins, the readers, the lectors, the ministers of communion, the members of the RCIA, the catechists, the youth and youth ministers and altar servers (who are requested to bring their albs and to participate in the procession) and those who minister to the altar servers.   

It is during this celebration that the Oil of the Catechumens and the Oil of the Sick are blessed and the Holy Chrism (the oil for ordinations and confirmations) is consecrated (hence the name of Chrism Mass).  It is the celebration of the Risen Lord’s power of life active in the Church.

            I am well aware that many are geographically far from St. Paul.  Distance is a challenge here.  But this is a once a year event.  The diocesan family needs to gather once in a while.  Cordial invitation to all!  Hope to see you there!

A light lunch will be served immediately after the celebration at the St. Paul Senior Citizen Centre (4809-47 Street).


…Paul Terrio

Bishop of St. Paul


 
le 29 février 2016

 

Chers paroissiens,   

Vous êtes cordialement invité(e)s à la Messe Chrismale, le mardi 22 mars 2016.  Cette célébration diocésaine aura lieu à 19h30 à la Cathédrale de St-Paul.  La Messe Chrismale est concélébrée par l’Évêque et les prêtres de tous les coins du diocèse.  Elle est un signe d’unité et de communion entre les prêtres du diocèse et leur Évêque.  Mais c’est aussi une célébration qui promeut la relation de l’Évêque avec tous les membres de son diocèse, Prêtres, Diacres, Religieux et Religieuses et Fidèles.  

Tous et toutes sont bienvenu(e)s surtout les représentant(e)s des paroisses, les membres des conseils paroissiaux, les agent(e)s de la pastorale, ceux et celles qui visitent les malades et les personnes seules, les lecteurs, les lectrices,  les ministres de la communion, les catéchumènes, les catéchètes, les jeunes et ceux et celles qui s’occupent de la pastorale jeunesse, et les servant(e)s de l’autel et ceux et celles qui les accompagnent.  Les servant(e)s  de l’autel sont invité(e)s à apporter leurs aubes pour participer dans la procession d’entrée.  

C’est durant cette célébration que l’Huile des Catéchumènes et l’Huile des Malades sont bénies et que le Saint Chrême (l’huile pour les ordinations et les confirmations) est consacré (d’où vient le nom de la Messe Chrismale).  C’est donc une célébration du Seigneur Ressuscité et de sa puissance de vie agissant en l’Église.

Je suis bien conscient que la distance est un défi.  Mais la Messe Chrismale n’a lieu qu’une fois l’an.  La famille diocésaine a besoin de se réunir une fois de temps en temps.  Cordiale invitation à tous et à toutes!  J’espère vous y voir.

Un léger goûter sera servi immédiatement après la célébration au Centre d’Âge d’Or de St. Paul  (4809-47ième rue).


…Paul Terrio

 Évêque de St. Paul      




The Catholic Bishops of Alberta

Les évêques catholiques de l’Alberta

8421 – 101 Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada,  T6A 0L1  T: 780-469-1010  F: 780-645-3003

Statement of the Catholic Bishops of Alberta on Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia

                                            

            The Supreme Court of Canada’s decision in February of 2015 to strike down Canada’s existing laws prohibiting assisted suicide has opened a wide debate on the subject. The Catholic Bishops of Alberta make the following statement in order to express our deepest concerns with respect to the impact of the decision upon our fellow citizens of this province.

                                                                                

            The Catholic Church is committed to protecting and caring for the most vulnerable people in our society; this includes, of course, those who suffer and dying Albertans. Catholic healthcare in Canada, and in our province, has given witness to this from our earliest history. Informed by our faith and tradition of caring for people who are poor, sick, or dying, we are convinced that excellent palliative care, understood to exclude physician assisted suicide and euthanasia, is the ethical way to ensure that all Albertans can die in a manner that respects their true human dignity.

                                                                                

            We want to be clear that, from a Catholic perspective, the intentional, willful act of killing oneself or another human being is morally wrong. Therefore, no Catholic may advocate for, or participate in any way, whether by act or omission, in the intentional killing of another human being either by assisted suicide or euthanasia. This is a position that is informed not only by our faith and tradition but also by reason. It is a stance that is commonly shared by other faith groups, medical professionals, and Albertans alike who are opposed to the killing of those most vulnerable. When any life can be taken at will, the dignity of all lives is seriously eroded and respect for human life in our society as a whole is diminished.

                                                                                

            Given the Supreme Court of Canada’s decision, the pending deliberations of our Canadian Parliament, and the pressure imposed by other jurisdictions in Canada, we would like to address in particular some key considerations.

                                                                                

The Need for Consultation

                                                                                

            First, if laws and regulations governing the legalized acceptance of assisted suicide and/or euthanasia are to be adopted, then we must accept that they will, in principle and practice, affect all Albertans. Therefore, we ask our provincial government to undertake a consultation process open to any and all who wish to speak to the issue. Although this will take time and effort, nevertheless the seriousness of the matter renders extensive consultation necessary. After all, openness to all opinions and concerns is the heart of our democracy.

                                                                                

Protection of Vulnerable Persons

                                                                                

            Second, we are gravely concerned that the legalization of assisted suicide and/or euthanasia will place certain members of our common home at serious risk. In jurisdictions that have already adopted laws permitting euthanasia and assisted suicide, what are purported to be “safeguards” against abuse of the law have proven in practice to be no safeguards at all. The measure of a just and ethical society is the extent to which it cares for - and protects - its most vulnerable members.

                                                                                

            Like the rest of Canada, Alberta has an aging population. Together with other Albertans, we are gravely concerned about the rise of elder abuse in our families and communities. This abuse takes many forms, including the emotional abandonment of many seniors. A just and ethical Alberta will be as committed to excellent homecare, hospice and social services for seniors as it is to palliative care. These are our mothers and our fathers; they built our homes and our province. They are not a burden, and they must not be led to feel that way through our individual and collective indifference.

                                                                                

            In our recent past, reductions in healthcare funding often began with deep cuts to the care and treatment provided for people with mental illness. Even today, many of these people often experience unjust discrimination and the sting of stigma from their family, friends, colleagues and society. In other jurisdictions, this group has in particular been disproportionately represented in cases of assisted suicide and euthanasia. Protection of mentally ill people requires that mental illness is not an acceptable reason for providing euthanasia or assisted suicide. The presence of depression, or other mental illness, can also seriously affect the ability of a person with physical illness or disease to give free and informed consent. A responsible safeguard not only would exclude those who, because of their mental illness, do not have the capacity to give consent, but also would include a serious commitment to treat them.

                                                                                

            Persons with disabilities are equally at risk. Like those with mental illness, they also suffer stigmatization. In a truly just and ethical Alberta, those with disabilities would be embraced as sharing in the beauty that is our common humanity and celebrated for their unique gifts. There is an intrinsic value in each human being in every stage and circumstance of life.

                                                                                

Upholding Conscience Rights

                                                                                

            Third, other provincial jurisdictions in Canada have proposed regulations that undermine the conscience rights of physicians and other healthcare workers. This must not be allowed to happen here. Physicians, other medical professionals, and our institutions have to be allowed the freedom that is theirs by right to exercise their conscience, not only to accord with our Charter of Rights and Freedoms, but also as a matter of good medical practice. Morally wrong in itself, the attempt to force a physician to assist in a suicide or to kill another by euthanasia would also fundamentally redefine what it means to be a doctor. Killing is not medicine. Likewise, from an ethical perspective, and certainly from that of Catholic moral teaching, a physician who conscientiously objects to these practices must not be coerced into referring a patient to another professional for assisted suicide or to be euthanized. This would, in fact, be complicity and thus a violation of the person’s right to freedom of conscience. Furthermore, medical professionals who refuse for reasons of conscience direct or indirect participation must also be protected from intimidation and discrimination.

                                                                                

            Patient rights and the rights of family members must also be respected – that is, their civil right to access medical care for themselves and their loved ones in which there is no pressure to request or to submit to assisted suicide or euthanasia, and indeed their natural right to be served by doctors and institutions that practice only medicine and are not involved in state-sponsored killing. This is essential to maintaining the relationship of trust between patients and doctors or other care-givers. A great many citizens still intend that their doctors, and the institutions to which they entrust themselves at need, be committed to the Hippocratic oath. They must not be deprived of access to such just because there are other citizens who desire assistance in committing suicide. If they are so deprived, this will have far-reaching consequences, disrupting the relationship of trust with the state as well as with the medical community.

                                                                                            The decision of the Supreme Court of Canada makes legally permissible in some circumstances what is morally wrong in every circumstance: the taking of innocent human life. This is unacceptable in a truly just and ethical society. 


 Sincerely,

Catholic Bishops of Alberta
 

Most Reverend Richard W. Smith, Archbishop of Edmonton

Most Reverend Gregory J. Bittman, Auxiliary Bishop of Edmonton

Most Reverend David Motiuk, Bishop of the Ukrainian Eparchy of Edmonton

Most Reverend Frederick Henry, Bishop of Calgary

Most Reverend Gerard Pettipas CSsR, Archbishop of Grouard-McLennan

Most Reverend Paul Terrio, Bishop of St. Paul

 








 
RESPONDING AS CATHOLICS TO THE REFUGEE CRISIS

Open letter to Canadian Catholics

By Archbishop Paul-André Durocher

President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops

A drowned Syrian child washed up on a beach. 

A mother and daughter forbidden to board a train, their savings spent on a now useless ticket. 

Razor-sharp barbed-wire fences to keep refugees out. 

Miles and miles of homeless trudging along Europe’s roads. 

Millions of refugees in makeshift shelters throughout the Middle East, in Africa and other regions.

 

My dear brothers and sisters,

These past weeks all of us have been haunted by the images of refugees flooding into Europe from Syria and elsewhere in the Middle East and Africa. Since his pontificate began, Pope Francis has repeatedly reminded us of their need for help, and appealed to the world not to turn our hearts away when homeless masses seek shelter, protection and a better life. Shortly after his election as Bishop of Rome, the Holy Father visited the island of Lampedusa to focus attention on the boatloads of refugees who have drowned trying to cross the Mediterranean:

These brothers and sisters of ours were trying to escape difficult situations to find some serenity and peace; they were looking for a better place for themselves and their families, but instead they found death. How often do such people fail to find understanding, fail to find acceptance, fail to find solidarity. And their cry rises up to God!

A year ago, speaking before the United Nations General Assembly, the Secretary of State for the Holy Father, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, repeated the Pope’s constant appeal to us and to the international community to “take action to end the humanitarian tragedy now underway” by preventing warstopping aggressorsprotecting populations and helping victims.

As our world and our country debate how best to respond, we as Catholics must ask what we might do personally and in our local communities. Here are a few suggestions on what we can do to help in this tragic, overwhelming and complex problem.

 

1.     Sponsor a refugee family. During his Angelus message this past September 6, Pope Francis invited parishes, religious communities, monasteries, and shrines throughout Europe to welcome refugee families in preparation for the Year of Mercy. Should we in Canada do less? When we refuse to welcome others, our country, our homes and our hearts become closed to life. Although many among us face economic difficulties, what we have and own is so much more than what is accessible to the world’s refugees. For our own peace of mind and our eternal salvation, we cannot refuse to share what we have with those in need. Should you, with your diocese, parish or community organization wish to learn more about sponsoring a refugee family, you can obtain information and suggestions from: 

Ø  The Catholic Refugee Sponsors’ Council which brings together personnel from a number of diocesan and other Catholic offices involved in refugee sponsorship. Its focus is to assist in providing coordination, advocacy and information for Catholic refugee sponsoring organizations. Its website is https://catholicrefugeesponsors.wordpress.com/.

Ø  The Office for Refugees of the Archdiocese of Toronto is among our country’s largest offices for refugees.. Its staff generously provides advice, support and assistance to groups wishing to initiate sponsorship or resettlement. Its webpage is https://www.archtoronto.org/about-us/departments-(o-z)/Office_for_Refugees.

Ø  The Office de la pastorale sociale of the Archdiocese of Montreal. Quebec has its own special regulations for immigration. The aims of the Office include facilitating the welcome and integration of refugees and immigrants and building bridges between different cultural and linguistic communities. It provides service in both French and English. Its webpage (in French only) is http://diocesemontreal.org/leglise-a-montreal/notre-diocese/les-offices-et-services/office-des-uvres-et-de-la-pastorale-sociale.html.

 

2.     Donate. Our Church in Canada is blessed with several aid and development agencies which do outstanding international work and are deeply involved in assisting Syrian and other refugees and displaced persons. Their work is only possible through the generous donations and support of many Catholics as well as other people of good will. For more information on each organization, and how you can contribute, contact:

Ø  Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace, http://www.devp.org/

Ø  Aid to the Church in Need – Canada, http://www.acn-aed-ca.org/

Ø  CNEWA Canada, http://www.cnewa.ca/home.aspx?ID=26&pagetypeID=12&sitecode=CA

Ø  Canadian Jesuits International, http://www.canadianjesuitsinternational.ca/project-theme/refugees/  

 

3.     Get involved politically. Any response to a major emergency situation is always most effective when governments, local communities and committed citizens work together. Our current federal election campaign is an important moment to engage political candidates and parties on what, if elected, they will do to assist refugees. The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), as well as the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace, have each reflected on questions and concerns for voters to consider and discuss among themselves and with candidates running for office.

Ø  The CCCB 2015 federal election guide includes questions about the reunification of immigrant and refugee families; the recognition of the skills of immigrants; human trafficking; and protection for the dignity of immigrants and refugees. The English-language version of this guide from our Commission for Justice and Peace is available at http://www.cccb.ca/site/images/stories/pdf/2015_Federal_Election_Guide_EN.pdf.

Ø  The Development and Peace election guide has a section on the Global South, with questions on the place of the poorest and most vulnerable populations in policymaking, aid programs and official development assistance. The English version is at https://www.devp.org/sites/www.devp.org/files/IMCE/files/articles/electoral_guide.pdf.

An election guide has also been provided through the collaboration of several ecumenical agencies. It includes a section on “Welcoming the Stranger” and suggests questions to political candidates regarding refugee rights in Canada, including access to health care. This guide is available on the website of the Canadian Council of Churches, where the English version can be accessed at https://www.councilofchurches.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/CCC_FederalElectionResource_FINAL_WEB_REV.pdf

4.     Be informed. The situations facing refugees, including those from Syria, are complicated. The questions involve not only the urgent need for humanitarian assistance, but also the complexities of international cooperation, peacekeeping, safeguarding communities from terrorist acts, and the enormous challenges in resettlement. In addition, local and regional conditions frequently change and new emergencies emerge. Our faith and our common humanity impel each of us to do what we can to assist. But our efforts will be all the more effective, and enduring, if we are well informed. In addition to the websites of the four Canadian development and aid agencies noted above, excellent sources of information as well as different perspectives on the needs of Syrian refugees and on the conditions affecting refugees in general are available from:

Ø  The Catholic international network Caritas Internationalis, http://www.caritas.org/

Ø  Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada, http://www.international.gc.ca/international/index.aspx?lang=eng

Ø  The United Nations Refugee Agency, http://www.unhcr.org/cgi-bin/texis/vtx/home

5.     Combat prejudices and fears. Major obstacles facing refugees as they seek protection and shelter involve apathy, indifference, apprehensions and prejudices in those countries where they seek refuge. When our hearts are fearful, our doors remain closed to others in need. Many of the Syrian refugees are Christians or members of other minorities, but the majority are Muslim. New arrivals to Canada (and even others who have lived with us for years or even centuries) experience prejudice, intolerance, fear and indifference when they interact with our dominant society. One way to address this negative and destructive attitude, particularly when those targeted by prejudice belong to other religions, is through inter-religious dialogue. Moreover, as Pope Francis noted in his recent Encyclical Laudato Si’ (no. 201), religions should dialogue among themselves “for the sake of protecting nature, defending the poor and building networks of respect and fraternity.” Inter-religious dialogue not only builds bridges, but helps us affirm our own faith and understand it better.

Ø  This past July, at the end of Ramadan, our Conference’s Commission for Christian Unity, Religious Relations with the Jews, and Interfaith Dialogue released a pastoral resource on how Catholics can better understand Islam. Entitled A Church in Dialogue -- Catholics and Muslims in Canada: Believers and Citizens in Society, the English version of this resource is available at http://www.cccb.ca/site/images/stories/pdf/CCCB_Muslim_EN_web.pdf.

Ø  To explain the purpose of the CCCB resource on Islam and how our relations with Muslims are particularly important, I have written an introductory letter found at http://www.cccb.ca/site/images/stories/pdf/Introduction_letter_-_Catholic_and_Muslims_in_Canada_-_EN.PDF.

Ø  More recently, to mark the 50th anniversary of the Declaration of the Second Vatican Council on the Relations of the Church with Non-Christian Religions, Nostra Aetate, the Commission has released a resource on inter-religious dialogue, entitled A Church in Dialogue: The Catholic Church and Interreligious Dialogue. The English version is at http://www.cccb.ca/site/images/stories/pdf/Nostra_Aetate_-_50th_Anniversary.pdf.

6.     Stay focused. There are some 13 million refugees now throughout the world, of whom four million are from Syria. The problems they face are immense, and their situations will not be easily or quickly resolved. Our efforts to work with refugees must be long-term, if they are to be treated justly and our world is to know peace. Within several months, our Conference’s Commission for Justice and Peace will release an up-to-date reflection on the challenges affecting refugees as they face resettlement in Canada. In addition, the Holy See offers resources to assist Catholics and others determined to stay focused on finding solutions.

Ø  To receive electronic news about the upcoming CCCB resource on refugees, as well as updates on all the activities and projects of our Conference, you can subscribe with no fee at http://www.cccb.ca/site/eng/media-room/subscribe-to-news.

Ø  The Holy Father’s yearly message for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees is an important reminder of the refugee situation. The 2015 English version is at http://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/messages/migration/documents/papa-francesco_20140903_world-migrants-day-2015.html

Ø  The Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church remains a fundamental outline of the principles and application of Catholic social teaching, including how these relate to the situation of refugees. The English version of the Compendium is available at http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/pontifical_councils/justpeace/documents/rc_pc_justpeace_doc_20060526_compendio-dott-soc_en.html.

7.     Meditate on Scripture, fast and pray. Every good thought, word and deed is inspired by the Holy Spirit and will come to fulfillment in God the Father. With Christ, we are to take up his Cross to bring reconciliation and healing to others. Meditation, prayer and fasting focus our attention, move our hearts, give vision and insight. Moved by our meditation, we intercede to God through fasting and prayer to transform our lives, lead us to change our ways, and motivate us. Uniting us with God in his call to solidarity and compassion, by meditating on the Scriptures, praying and fasting, hope is born, our love for others strengthened, and our commitment to justice and charity deepened. Scripture, prayer and fasting show how faith must lead us to good works. It has been the practice over the past years for the Bishops of Canada to call on the Catholics in their diocese and parishes to meditate on, and to fast and pray for, the needs of all the people in the Middle East and for peace throughout the world.

Ø  Check with your diocese and parish on plans for special days of reflection, prayer, fasting and community action for the displaced people of our world.

Ø  Urge your parish to include the needs of refugees in the Prayers of the Faithful.

Ø  Remember the millions of refugees in your own family and personal prayer, when you are meditating on Scripture, and in your own acts of fasting and penance.

 

 My sisters and brothers, these are seven suggestions how each of us 
and our communities can respond to the refugee crisis. 
Joseph and Mary sought refuge in Bethlehem, and later with the Child Jesus experienced exile. 
During his ministry, Jesus had no place to call home. 
The refugee crisis is an important moment to deepen our faith, extend our charity, and summon up hope. 
Together we can make a better world for all those in need, and so witness to Christ’s Kingdom. 
Whatever we do to the least of our brothers and sisters, we do to Christ Our Lord (see Matthew 23.40).

+Paul-André Durocher,  Archbishop of Gatineau

President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops




Patron Saints 

for the Diocese of St. Paul

[Parishes, Missions, 

Former Missions]


Our Lady of Guadalupe     Patroness of the Americas

 St. Joseph          Patron of Canada

 St. Paul         Principal Patron of the Diocese

 St. Kateri Tekakwitha         Secondary Patron of the Diocese



                                 

Anzac          St. Claire 

Ardmore         St. Peter and St. Paul

Ashmont          St. Alfred

Athabasca         St. Gabriel

Atmore          St. Philippe

Barrhead          St. Anne

Beauvalon         Ste. Marie

Beaverdam         St. Rita

Beaver Lake          St. Nazaire

Beaver Lake         Sacred Heart

Bellis         Holy Spirit

Blue Ridge         St. Luke

Bonnyville          St. Louis of France

Boyle         St. Aphonsus

Breynat         St. Theresa of the Child Jesus

Brosseau         St. Laurent

Camp St. Louis         St. Agnes

Caslan          Our Lady of the Rosary

Chard          St. Gabriel

Cold Lake North         St. Dominic

Cold Lake South         Our Lady of the Assumption

Colinton          St. Catherine

Conklin          St. Vincent Ferrer

Connor Creek         Our Lady of the Cape

Clyde         St. Patrick

Dapp          St. Finnan

Donatville          Immaculate Conception

Egg Lake         St. Joan of Arc

Elizabeth Settlement         St. Marguerite d’Youville

Elk Point         St. Michael

English Bay         Holy Rosary      

Fishing Lake         St. Eugene

Flat Lake         Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Fort Assiniboine          St. John Vianney

Fort Chipewyan         Nativity of the B.V.M.

Fort Kent         St. Joseph

Fort McKay          St. Julien

 Fort McMurray         St. John the Baptist  

Fort McMurray         St. Paul

Fox Creek         Our Lady of Peace 

Frog Lake         Our Lady of Good Counsel

Goodfish Lake         St. Matthias

Goodridge         St. Anthony

Grand Bay         Our Lady of the Snows

Grandin         St. Henry

Green Court         St. Mark

Grosmont         St. Anthony

Heart Lake         Sacred Heart

Holyoke         St. Thérèse

Hylo         Our Lady of Mercy

Jarvie         Christ the King

Kehewin         Our Lady of Mercy

Kikino         Immaculate Heart of Mary

LaCorey         St. Michel

Lafond         St. Bernard

Lac la Biche         St. Catherine

Lac La Biche Mission         Our Lady of Victories

Legal         St. Emile

LeGoff         St. Raphael

Long Lake         St. Elizabeth

Mallaig         St. Jean de Brébeuf

Mosside         Holy Cross

Naples         Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Nestow         St. Theresa

New Pine Creek         Sacred Heart

Normandeau         St. Cecilia

Perryvale         St. Mary

Picardville         St. Benoit

Pine Creek         St. Bruno

Plamondon         St. Isidore

Prosperity         Our Lady of Perpetual Help

Radway         St. Joseph        

Rochester         St. Catherine

St. Brides         St. Bridget

St. Edouard         St. Edouard

St. Lina         St. Helen

St. Vincent         St. Vincent

Saddle Lake         Sacred Heart

Smoky Lake         Our Lady of the Atonement

Swan Hills         St. John the Evangelist

Therrien         St. Agnes

Thorhild         St. Anne

Tawatinaw         St. Charles Borromeo       

Venice         St. Anne

Vilna         Sacred Heart

Vimy         Our Lady of Victory

Waugh         Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Westlock         St. Mary of the Assumption

Whitecourt         St. Joseph









 Additional Clergy Appointments for the Diocese of St. Paul   2015 
1.     Fr. Jose Chirappanath, cmi, has been recalled to India by his Community effective August 30, 2015.  
We thank him for his years of pastoral services and devotion in the Diocese of St. Paul. 
2.     Fr. Jacob Alvares, sac is appointed pastor of St. Dominic and Assumption Parishes
of Cold Lake effective September 1, 2015.
 
 3.     Fr. Aureus Manjares is appointed pastor of St. Jean-de-Brébeuf Parish in Mallaig
and St. Helen in St. Lina effective September 1, 2015.
4.     Fr. Francis Geraldo is appointed pastor of St. Emile in Legal effective September 1, 2015. 
5.     Fr. Martin Jubinville is appointed Diocesan Chaplain for the CWL effective August 30, 2015
without prejudice to his other functions.
 




 

2015 CLERGY APPOINTMENTS FOR THE DIOCESE OF ST. PAUL

   Fr. Dario Abram, former Vicar-General retires from pastoral ministry 

and resides at Villa Shalom effective August 31, 2015. 

   Fr. Rene Realuyo is appointed Vicar-General of the Diocese of St. Paul 

without prejudice to his current duties. 

   Fr. Peter Tran, former Chancellor returning from a sabbatical year 

is appointed Episcopal-Vicar for the retired clergy. 

   Fr. Andrew Schoenberger is appointed Episcopal-Vicar for the North 

and pastor of St. John Baptist Parish in Fort McMurray effective August 10, 2015. 

   Fr. Paul Vithayathil, cmi, is appointed associate pastor for Boyle, 

with residence at the Boyle rectory effective July 2, 2015. 

   Fr. Gérard Gauthier without prejudice to his present duties is appointed Vice-Chancellor effective July 1, 2015. 

   Rev. Deacon Jerry Metz is appointed Chancellor effective July 1, 2015. 

   Seminarian Michael Ngo is appointed to St. Louise de France Parish in Bonnyville 

for a Pastoral Internship effective August 1, 2015. 






 

Statement on Physician-Assisted Suicide

by the Most Reverend Paul-André Durocher, 

Archbishop of Gatineau and

President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops


Catholics are called by their faith to assist all those in need, particularly the poor, the suffering and the dying. Comforting the dying and accompanying them in love and solidarity has been considered by the Church since its beginning a principal expression of Christian mercy.

 

Helping someone commit suicide, however, is neither an act of justice or mercy, nor is it part of palliative care. The decision of the Supreme Court of Canada today does not change Catholic teaching. “[A]n act or omission which, of itself or by intention, causes death in order to eliminate suffering constitutes a murder gravely contrary to the dignity of the human person and to the respect due to the living God, our Creator.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2277).

 

The Bishops of our country invite Canadians, especially Catholics, to do all they can to bring comfort and support for all those who are dying and for their loved ones, so that no one, because of loneliness, vulnerability, loss of autonomy, or fear of pain and suffering, feels they have no choice but to commit suicide. The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops will continue to promote palliative and home care, and to encourage all the faithful to work for the betterment of the elderly, the disabled, the ill, and those who are socially isolated.

 

My brother Bishops and I entreat governments and courts to interpret today’s judgment in its narrowest terms, resisting any calls to go beyond this to so-called acts of “mercy killing” and euthanasia. We again call on provincial and territorial governments to ensure good-quality palliative care in all their jurisdictions. We also urge governments and professional associations to implement policies and guidelines which ensure respect for the freedom of conscience of all health-care workers as well as administrators who will not and cannot accept suicide as a medical solution to pain and suffering. 

 

 

 

 

+ Paul-André Durocher

Archbishop of Gatineau

President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops

 

6 February 2015

 

 

Déclaration sur l’aide médicale à mourir

de Mgr Paul-André Durocher, archevêque de Gatineau 

et président de la Conférence des évêques catholiques 

du Canada

 

De par leur foi, les catholiques sont appelés à aider toute personne dans le besoin, surtout les pauvres, les souffrants et les mourants. Réconforter les personnes mourantes et les accompagner dans l’amour et la solidarité sont des expressions importantes de la miséricorde chrétienne reconnues par l’Église depuis ses débuts. 

 

Toutefois, aider une personne à se suicider n’est ni un acte de justice ou de miséricorde, ni un soin palliatif. La décision prise aujourd’hui par la Cour suprême du Canada ne change pas l’enseignement catholique. « Ainsi une action ou une omission qui, de soi ou dans l’intention, donne la mort afin de supprimer la douleur, constitue un meurtre gravement contraire à la dignité de la personne humaine et au respect du Dieu vivant, son Créateur. » (Catéchisme de l’Église catholique, 2277)

 

Les évêques de notre pays invitent les Canadiens et les Canadiennes, surtout les catholiques, à faire tout en leur pouvoir pour apporter réconfort et appui à toutes les personnes qui sont mourantes et à celles qui leur sont chères, pour qu’aucune d’entre elles, pour des raisons de solitude, de vulnérabilité, de perte d’autonomie ou par peur de souffrir ou de ressentir de la douleur, sentent qu’elle n’a d’autre choix que d’avoir recours au suicide. La Conférence des évêques catholiques du Canada continuera de promouvoir les soins palliatifs et les soins à domicile, et d’encourager tous les fidèles à travailler à améliorer le mieux-être des personnes âgées, handicapées, malades et socialement isolées.

 

Mes frères évêques et moi exhortons les gouvernements et les cours à interpréter la décision d’aujourd’hui au sens le plus strict du terme, à résister aux pressions d’aller plus loin en approuvant de prétendus actes d’« homicide par compassion » et d’euthanasie. Nous faisons de nouveau appel aux gouvernements provinciaux et territoriaux pour qu’ils assurent des soins palliatifs de qualité dans toutes leurs juridictions. Nous implorons également les agences gouvernementales et professionnelles de mettre en place des politiques et des directives qui respectent la liberté de conscience de tous les travailleurs et administrateurs de la santé qui ne voudront pas et qui ne pourront pas accepter le suicide comme une solution médicale à la souffrance et à la douleur. 

 

 

 

+ Paul-André Durocher

Archevêque de Gatineau

Président de la Conférence des évêques catholiques du Canada

 

Le 6 février 2015



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 December 12, 2014

 Dear Brothers and Sisters in the diocese of St Paul,

 

During the past week in the media of the cities of Edmonton and Calgary, there has been some pretty intense commentary about and misunderstanding of the views of the Catholic Bishops of Alberta, the Catholic School Superintendents of Alberta and the Alberta Catholic Schools Trustees Association as individuals and groups reacted to Premier Prentice’s decision to “pause” before the third reading of Bill 10.

 

This bill is a legislative attempt to promote safe, caring and inclusive communities in schools. In it students experiencing same-sex attraction were singled out for special attention and care. In doing this, the bill attempts to reconcile the right of all students to be safe with the rights of parents and schools pertaining to the education and formation of their children. But the bill proposes doing this without mandating or ordering what are called Gay Straight Alliances in all schools.

 

That the premier and government were proposing this has been blamed on the bishops and that Gay Straight Alliances were not being mandated was due to “the roadblock (of) institutionalized religion and bishops” according to some media comments.

 

This letter and similar ones in other dioceses intends to simply recall and summarize our Catholic position.

 

1.              First of all, it is true that we fully support the government’s praiseworthy goal of promoting safe environments in schools and of therefore eliminating bullying of all kinds.

2.              Also Catholic schools insist that the approach to protecting children be fully inclusive and that therefore no child be bullied for reasons of race, religion, body image, sexual orientation or social status. It is not true that we disregard or ignore the protection of any child.

3.              In Catholic schools all aspects of school life must be permeated by and expressive of our faith.

4.              The exercise of this right requires the freedom to determine both the name and the content of our educational initiatives in accordance with our faith.

5.              Our faith teaches that while we respect persons of same sex orientation and protect them from bullying, we can and do achieve this without mandating Gay Straight Alliances in our schools.

 In other words, we all agree about confronting and eliminating all bullying in school but we Catholics want to be able to continue doing so without having imposed upon us a particular program that addresses only one type of bullying anyway.

 

 Therefore if and when you come to discuss this issue, I hope this information will prove helpful.

 

Sincerely in our Lord,


…Bishop Paul Terrio

Bishop of St Paul

 Le vendredi 12 décembre 2014

 Chers frères et sœurs du diocèse de Saint-Paul:

 Au cours de la dernière semaine, il y a eu beaucoup de commentaires passionnés dans les médias des villes d’Edmonton et de Calgary au sujet de l’incompréhension des points de vue des évêques catholiques de l’Alberta, des directeurs généraux des écoles catholiques de l’Alberta et de l’Association des conseillers des écoles catholiques de l’Alberta alors que des individus et des groupes ont réagi à la décision du premier ministre Jim Prentice à faire une ‘’pause’’ avant d’entreprendre la troisième lecture du projet de loi 10.

 Ce projet de loi est une tentative législative de promouvoir des communautés scolaires sécuritaires, bienveillantes et inclusives. Dans ce projet de loi, des élèves ressentant une attraction envers des partenaires de même sexe furent isolés dans le but recevoir une attention et des soins particuliers. En faisant ceci, le projet de loi tente de réconcilier le droit de tous les élèves d’être en sécurité avec le droit des parents et des écoles se rapportant à l’éducation et à la formation de leurs enfants. Mais le projet de loi propose de faire ceci sans mandater ou exiger ce que l’on appelle dans toutes les écoles les regroupements gais et hétéros.

 Selon certains commentaires des média, les évêques ont été tenus responsables de la décision du premier ministre et du gouvernement d’avoir fait cette proposition et le fait que les regroupements gais et hétéros n’aient pas été mandatés a été causé par ‘’l’obstacle (de la) religion institutionnalisée et des évêques’’. 

 L’intention de cette lettre et de plusieurs comme elle dans d’autres diocèses est simplement de rappeler et de résumer notre position catholique.

1.     D’abord, il est vrai que nous appuyons totalement l’objectif louable du gouvernement dans la promotion d’environnements sécuritaires dans les écoles et par conséquent d’éliminer l’intimidation sous toutes ses formes.

2.     De plus, les écoles catholiques insistent que l’approche utilisée dans le but de protéger les enfants soit complètement inclusive et que par conséquent, aucun enfant ne soit victime d’intimidation à cause de sa race, de sa religion, de son image corporelle, de son orientation sexuelle ou de son statut social. Il est faux d’affirmer que nous méprisons ou que nous ignorons la protection de chaque enfant.

3.     Dans les écoles catholiques, tous les aspects de la vie scolaire doivent être imprégnés et être exprimés dans notre foi.

4.     L’exercice de ce droit exige la liberté de déterminer le nom et le contenu de nos initiatives éducatives en accord avec notre foi.

5.     Notre foi nous enseigne que même si nous respectons les orientations de même sexe et les protégeons de l’intimidation, nous pouvons et le faisons sans mandater les regroupements gais et hétéros dans nos écoles.

En d’autres mots, nous sommes tous d’accord qu’il faille confronter et éliminer toute forme d’intimidation à l’école, mais nous Catholiques voulons être capables de continuer à le faire sans que l’on nous impose un programme particulier qui intervienne dans un seul type d’intimidation de toute façon.

Par conséquent, lorsque vous viendrez discuter de ce sujet, j’espère que ces renseignements vous seront utiles.

 

Sincèrement dans le Christ,

…Évêque Paul Terrio

Évêque de Saint-Paul









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November 18, 2014

Dear brother priests and parishioners,

For some time people have asked me if it would be possible to have Sunday mass in Latin in the diocese.

You will perhaps recall that in 2008 Pope Benedict asked the Church throughout the world to try to provide, for those who ask, a Mass in the so-called extraordinary rite (our present form of Mass is the ordinary rite). Already the dioceses of Calgary, Edmonton and Grouard McLennan offer each Sunday a Latin Mass in that rite.  And so after considerable thought and prayer, I think I have found the way for us also, in St Paul diocese, to accommodate this pastoral need.

First, we had to find a priest to undertake the celebration since for over forty years priests have not had any formation in Latin. I asked Fr David Bernard and he accepted to attend a course in Colorado to prepare to be able to celebrate well in the extraordinary rite.

Next we had to locate a church and after consulting Fr Dario and parishioners we have decided to re-open the church in St Vincent.

And so I can now announce that from January 1, 2015 there will be a Sunday Mass in Latin but with readings in French and English.  As a Sunday Mass there will be a collection which shall go towards to costs of the up-keep of the church.

In providing this pastoral service for people wanting to celebrate the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ each Sunday, in this rite, I hope to better serve the needs of as many faithful Catholics of the diocese, as possible.

May we all grow “in the power of His Resurrection”,

 

…Bishop Paul Terrio

Bishop of St Paul in Alberta

 
 

Le 18 novembre 2014

Chers membres du clergé et paroissiens du diocèse,

Depuis un certain temps des personnes me demandent s’il y aurait une possibilité d’avoir la messe célébrer en latin dans le diocèse de Saint-Paul.

Et maintenant, le moment s`approche ou cela sera possible chez nous. Vous savez que depuis 2008 le pape Benoit XVI avait demandé aux diocèses du monde entier de tenter d’offrir, pour ceux qui le désirent, la messe selon le rite extraordinaire (en latin du temps de  St Jean XXIII).   Ici en Alberta, déjà les diocèses d’Edmonton, Calgary et Grouard  McLennan offrent chaque dimanche la messe selon ce rite. Et ici,  après avoir réfléchi et prier beaucoup, je pense avoir trouvé les moyens pour pouvoir répondre a cette demande.

D`abord il fallait trouver un prêtre  pour célébrer parce que depuis plus que quarante ans les prêtres n’ont plus de formation en latin. Alors, l’abbé David Bernard a accepté d’aller prendre un cours pour apprendre comment bien célébrer selon le missel romain de 1962.

Ensuite il fallait trouver une église, et à la suite de quelques recherches et après avoir consulté des familles et l’abbé Dario, nous avons décidé d`ouvrir l`église de St Vincent pour cette fin.

Alors je peux maintenant vous annoncer qu’à partir du 1ier janvier 2015 à 10h30 à l’église St-Vincent il y aura la messe en latin.  Cette messe sera la messe dominicale en latin mais avec les lectures en français ou en anglais. Il y aura aussi une quête dominicale pour aider avec les dépenses d’entretien de l`église.

Par l’offre de ce service pastorale dans le diocèse j’espère répondre aux besoins spirituels des fidèles qui désirent célébrer la résurrection de Notre Seigneur Jésus Christ selon le rite extraordinaire.

Avec ma bénédiction et mes prières,

 

…Mgr Paul Terrio

Évêque de Saint-Paul en Alberta



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June 9, 2013

To: The Faithful of the Diocese of St. Paul

My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

Throughout history, our human settlement has constantly undergone changes in society and demographics due to the migration of peoples for social, economic or political reasons.  As people move and communities grow and diminish, the Church must continue to adapt to these changes in society and respond to the needs of our time.

Even within the Diocese of St. Paul, communities and parishes have undergone significant changes.  I would just like to point out a couple of examples, as evidenced in the Alberta Catholic Directories of the past 80 years.

1.     In 1933, the community of St. Bride’s (17km East of St. Paul) had a resident priest and two mission churches in Cork and Ashmont.  None of which have regular Sunday services today.

2.     Also in 1933 Thorhild was a mission of Radway, but now the priest serving these communities now resides in Thorhild.

3.     Again in 1933 Whitecourt was served from Onoway and only in 1951 did it receive its first resident pastor.  Today Whitecourt is a growing community whose priest also serves Fox Creek.

4.     In 1957, Our Lady of the Assumption Parish was established in Cold Lake (formerly Grand Centre) to respond to the growing needs of that community.

5.     In 2013, St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Fort McMurray is being formerly incorporated as a separate parish to better serve the faithful living there.  As of this year there will officially be two Catholic parishes in Fort McMurray and the rate of the community suggests that more will be required in the future.

As a Diocese we often feel nostalgic but still we have to think ahead about how we will continue our mission of evangelization throughout the next decade and beyond.  As I explained in Ft. McMurray, last weekend – “people living and sharing their faith are always more important that the buildings in which they worship.”

            In this time of evangelization, our priorities need to be ministering to youth and families and thereby building up our Church for years to come.  This is why we have an Office of Family Ministry as well as the recently reestablished Office of Youth Ministry to support our parishes in its youth and family activities and projects.

            Vocation ministry is therefore very important.

There were over sixty priests serving our Diocese in the 1950’s at a time when the Fort McMurray region was not under our care.  Today we have only 22 active priests which challenges us to look at ways to more effectively use them in order to continue the important work of evangelization and providing the sacraments to the faithful.

We also have limited amount financial resources.  Throughout the Diocese we spend a significant amount of money maintaining buildings that are barely used and this money could be spent on ministry and support for our youth and families; and presently several priests burn a lot of gas driving to churches sometimes for less than 10 people.

Recognizing these challenges, Bishop Luc Bouchard established a Parish Review Committee back in 2005 to examine all of the parishes in the Diocese and to determine their viability.  In 2006 this committee prepared the document “Diocese of St. Paul: Making Our Catholic Community More Vital-Vibrant-Viable”.  A lot of work and research went into this document but it was unfortunately never implemented.  This review called for no longer having regular weekend Mass in several parishes which either had too few attendees at Sunday Masses or were financially unsustainable.  It also suggested a review after five years of other parishes that had concerns.  It has now been seven years since this document was produced and it is my responsibility as your bishop to address these difficult and painful issues.

Therefore as of the end of July 2013, the following parishes will no longer have regular Sunday Masses but can still be available for their catechetical activities as well as for weddings, funerals and other special occasions

Atmore             Ardmore            Beaver Lake        Caslan/Buffalo Lake

Dapp                   Fort Assiniboine            Fort Kent            Frog Lake

            Pickardville        Prosperity            Rochester            St. Vincent

            Venice            Vimy                Waugh

            This is not an easy decision and I am not making it lightly.  I understand the pain and hurt that comes with no longer having Sunday Masses in a church which has been there for your entire lives.  However, I must look at the good of the entire Diocese, the good of the priests and the good of all our Catholic faithful who live and will live in our Diocese for years to come.

For those whose churches will no longer have regular Sunday Masses, I encourage you to bravely take an active part in the parish closest to you; I ask those in the welcoming parishes to warmly greet your brothers and sisters in Christ as they become part of your parish communities.

May God be with all of us during this time of transition!

Sincerely in our Lord, the Good Shepherd,


…+ Paul Terrio

Bishop of St. Paul, Alberta

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