Jun 30, 2010
Cardinal Ouellet was also named President of the Pontifical Commission for Latin America, a homecoming of sorts as the Cardinal previously taught philosophy at the Major Seminary of Botoga, Colombia in the early 1970's, returning to the same formation institution to serve as Rector from 1984 to 1989.
The Cardinal has also spent significant time in Rome, both for studies and as Secretary of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of Christian Unity. He has served on numerous committees and consulted extensively with Pope Benedict XVI in recent years. A full biography of Cardinal Ouellet can be found here.
Cardinal Ouellet also coordinated a most successful International Eucharistic Congress in Quebec City in 2008, an event that brought thousands of pilgrims from around the world to the birthplace of Canada's first diocese.
This is a most significant appointment for the Cardinal and the Church in Canada. Our thoughts and prayers are with His Eminence as he takes up this new assignment. His leadership and extensive contributions to the church in Canada will be missed yet we know he will have a profound impact on the life of the global church in the days to come.
Toronto Archbishop Thomas Collins commented on the Holy Father's announcement:
"The appointment of Cardinal Marc Ouellet as Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops and President of the Pontifical Commission for Latin America is a recognition by the Holy Father of his exceptional qualities as a true spiritual shepherd, whom he has now entrusted with stewardship of the vitally important process through which the bishops of the Church are chosen.
As Archbishop of Quebec and Primate of the Catholic Church in Canada, Cardinal Ouellet has provided Canadian Catholics, and the wider community as well, with a courageous and inspiring example of true Gospel leadership, and now he is being called beyond our country to serve the universal Church.
We will miss his presence as a pastor in our midst, but on behalf of all of the faithful of the Archdiocese of Toronto I offer him our congratulations on his appointment, and assure him of our prayers as he begins this new apostolic mission in the service of the Church throughout the world."
Photos: Archdiocese of Quebec
Jun 28, 2010
That said, there are some "Catholic" implications that may be worth considering. Some insights from Archdiocese of Toronto, Manager of Planned Giving & Personal Gifts, Paul Nazareth:
"The HST is coming and many Catholics have been using an exemption opportunity to complete estate plans. If a "pre-plan" is created with Catholic Cemeteries andyour local funeral home you will be exempt from the HST if you initiate the plan before July 1.
All Cemeteries in the Archdiocese of Toronto have seen a tremendous increase in the number of people setting up appointments and starting plans. You may want to consider making the call and save on this important plan that everyone needs to put together. For a FREE Estate Planning kit, please contact our office any time.
The cost of preparing a Will and estate plan will also be going up with legal fees. If you wish to find a local estate lawyer near your parish who can help make a Will before July 1 to save the HST ( again from 5% to 13% ) please contact our office and we'll send it to you right away!"
The Archdiocesan Development Office also has plenty of information and expertise in a number of areas you may wish to explore: preparing a Will, finding a Catholic lawyer or financial advisor, discussing gifts of securities or property to your favourite Catholic charity. These can all be a little overwhelming at times – don’t hesitate to contact the qualified team to discuss your needs.
While we're on the topic of financial stewardship, it doesn't hurt to remind readers about the annual ShareLife appeal which is in its final stages. Last year, 225,000 people in need turned to ShareLife agencies for assistance. The current campaign (as of June 16) was at 82% of its goal, having raised close to $10 million.
You can donate online anytime. Remember, that ShareLife has one of the lowest fundraising and administration costs of any charity in the country. A generous donor has also agreed to match any increased or new gifts this year to a maximum of $500,000, another incentive to support the cause. If you want to see maximum impact from your donation, consider a gift to ShareLife.
While death, taxes and charitable giving aren't exactly fun "water cooler" talk, it's important that we have the conversation. Perhaps looking at these issues from a faith perspective will allow you to explore these topics from a new, pastoral and refreshing approach.
Photos: Google, Archdiocese of Toronto
Jun 24, 2010
The Archdiocese has communicated with our parishes and employees over the last month to ensure we are prepared while at the same time doing all that we can to maintain our pastoral services.
The number of parishes directly impacted by the G20 are minimal and we have done our best to maintain regular operating schedules wherever possible. Only one church, St. Basil's Parish in downtown Toronto has had to make alternative arrangements as they are on the campus of St. Michael's College at the University of Toronto. The university has closed all offices (they are in close proximity to designated protest areas) so it has been necessary to make adjustments at the parish this week. Always best to call the parish office for complete details.
St. Michael's Cathedral plans to be open throughout the week and weekend, with a couple of brave souls even tying the knot on summit weekend. Let's just hope all the guests are able to get to the church on time so to speak. St. Michael's Choir School across from the Cathedral will close their doors on Thursday and Friday (as will all-girls school St. Joseph's College) as a proactive safety measure in the interest of the student body.
The Archdiocese is also encouraging our departments and parishes to do their best to accommodate flexible work schedules for employees who may be impacted by the G20 Summit. Of course, we're all trying to strike the appropriate balance in ensuring that due diligence takes place in advance of the event while at the same time doing our best to keep things running as smoothly as possible.
Now if a world leader decides to attend mass at one our parishes, well then you can pretty much consider the best laid plans put to rest and a whole new set of chaos begins. I'm not sure if anyone has also put together a plan to determine who has the right of way if there's a conflict between a G20 protest and a World Cup post game celebration?
We pray that the discussions with the world leaders will be fruitful, any protests will be peaceful and that patience is the order of the day with any disruptions that may come from the G8/G20 Summit.
Jun 22, 2010
In the last number of weeks, we've had several requests for an iPhone application to help track down local churches and mass times. Any budding programmers out there interested in taking on that challenge?
New iPad application for priests brings Apple to the altar
Jun 21, 2010
Lots of news to catch up with on the local scene - here's a few items that are worth a look:
Students at St. Joseph Morrow Park in Toronto have had an unsettling last four years, trying to determine where exactly they will be attending school when the school board lease expires in June 2013.
Thankfully, an agreement was finalized last week that will see St. Joe's move to a new home, the current site of Blessed Trinity School in North York, where a new 800 student all girls JK - Grade 12 school will be constructed, pending Ministry of Education approval. An article on the announcement in a local community newspaper, Inside Toronto, appeared late last week - the full piece is available here.
*** Sr. Caroline Altpeter, IBVM, (pictured above with longtime "right arm", Brenda Voisin), will be leaving us at the Archdiocese to serve as Community Leader for the Loretto sisters at Loretto Abbey and the Loretto Infirmary in Toronto. Most recently, Sr. Caroline served as the official Liaison for Catholic Education with the five english and one french Catholic board in our Archdiocese. She was the longtime director of the Catholic Office of Religious Education, beginning in that role in 1994 and mentoring many consultants, catechists and lay pastoral leaders along the way.
Those who worked with her always appreciated Sr. Caroline's straight shooter approach. Her passion for the church, sacramental prep and especially those initiated into the church through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults Program (RCIA) was evident in her day to day efforts. Known for their ability to educate in a pastoral setting, it's clear that the Loretto sisters and Sr. Caroline are a good match. She will be missed by many, not just here at the Catholic Pastoral Centre but with those whom she worked with in parishes and on committees both local and national. Our thoughts and prayers are with her as she embarks on this new chapter in the journey!
Chantelle Ferreira from the Office of Spiritual Affairs will also be departing the Archdiocese. It seems that education is a recurring theme as Chantelle will be making her way to teacher's college this fall. We wish her all the best!
Both positions are currently being advertised on the Archdiocesan website where you can find detailed postings.
A new book is out by Michael Power. Some of you may be asking yourself: How can the first Bishop of Toronto write about the History of the Permanent Diaconate when he died in 1847. Good question. But alas, while we know the most famous Micahel Power as the first bishop of Toronto, a more current writer and researcher who shares his namesake is the one we're speaking of today.
The present Michael Power is an established historian and author who frequents the halls of the Archives office in the Archdiocese on a fairly regular basis. His latest offering, published by Novalis, is entitled "Servants of All", A History of the Permanent Diaconate in the Archdiocese of Toronto 1972-2007.
The book was actually the brainchild of retired Archbishop Aloysius Cardinal Ambrozic, who thought it was important to have an historical accounting of the journey of the Permanent Diaconate in our Archdiocese. The book serves as the first substantial history of a North American diocesan diaconate program.
If you've ever wanted to learn more about the permanent diaconate, especially in the Archdiocese of Toronto, its historical significance, extensive contributions to the church and community, this 256 page book is worth a read. Thanks to Michael Power for all his extensive research and pulling together this important publication.
Hundreds of deacons and their wives will gather in Toronto this week for an official launch to the book, including sixteen of our newest permanent deacons, ordained last month.
So whether you're a sister, deacon, priest or lay person involved in the Archdiocese, you can see by the stories above, it takes a whole village to raise a child. For all that you continue to do, we're ever grateful!Photos: Catholic Register, TCDSB, Novalis
Jun 15, 2010
At the end of his address you'll note the bishop asked the communication professionals gathered to answer a few questions which made for some very interesting discussion, at least in my own group, down in New Orleans (complete with two Catholic journalists taking notes on their brand new Ipads...). It's heartening to see this collaborative relationship between bishops and communications staff. While the questions and answers aren't always easy for either group, the pearls of wisdom come in the ongoing dialogue.
For those interested in a full report on the panel discussion (including the participation of Archbishop Richard Smith of Edmonton) you can find it here.
Jun 11, 2010
Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
Photos: CBS, Catholic News Service
Jun 10, 2010
Fr. Keith Callaghan, St. Philip the Apostle, Oshawa
Fr. Vito Marziliano, St. Nicholas of Bari, Toronto
Fr. Brian Clough, St. Edith Stein, Toronto
Fr. Oswin Fernandes, St. Joseph, Beaverton
Fr. James Saginario, Sacred Heart, Port McNicoll
Fr. Bernard Alphonsus, St. Wilfrid, Toronto
Fr. Luis Calleja, Our Lady of Grace, Aurora
Fr. Kim D’Souza, St. Anne, Brampton
Fr. Silvio Eljuga, St. Mary Immaculate, Richmond Hill
Fr. Landorff Garcia Mariona, St. Mary of the Angels, Toronto
Fr. Donatello Iocco, St. Clare of Assisi, Woodbridge
Fr. Leo Llames, St. Patrick, Markham
Fr. Bartlomiej Palczewski, Blessed Sacrament, Toronto
Fr. Pierre Robitaille, St. John, Toronto (Kingston Road)
Fr. Luc Samba, St. Elizabeth Seton, Newmarket
Fr. Krzysztof Stabrawa, Our Lady of the Airways, Mississauga
Fr. Callistus St. Louis, St. Anselm, Toronto
Fr. Carlos Troya Acosta, St. Clare, Toronto
Fr. Pawel Zborowski, St. Bernadette, Ajax
We pray for all those who serve the church and especially for those taking on new assignments this summer. May the welcoming hand of hospitality be present in their new spiritual and pastoral home.
Jun 7, 2010
Photos: Archdiocese of New Orleans
Jun 1, 2010
Furthermore, having consulted and prayed about the matter, I intend to hold an Apostolic Visitation of certain dioceses in Ireland, as well as seminaries and religious congregations. Arrangements for the Visitation, which is intended to assist the local Church on her path of renewal, will be made in cooperation with the competent offices of the Roman Curia and the Irish Episcopal Conference. The details will be announced in due course.
"Following the Holy Father's Letter to the Catholics of Ireland, the apostolic visitation of certain Irish dioceses, seminaries and religious congregations will begin in autumn of this year.