November 12, 2023
Diocesan World Youth Day in Montreal:
A week dedicated to creating opportunities for youth to encounter Christ and empower them in their gifts/leadership, opens with the Teens Festival, Youth Ministers/WYD Lisbon Pilgrims reunion and concludes with Feast of Christ the King.
More information at: WYD Montreal
OCTOBER 8, 2023
ADSUMUS SANCTE SPIRITUS
WE STAND BEFORE YOU, HOLY SPIRIT,
AS WE GATHER TOGETHER IN YOUR NAME.
WITH YOU ALONE TO GUIDE US, MAKE YOURSELF AT HOME
IN OUR HEARTS; TEACH US THE WAY WE MUST GO AND HOW WE ARE TO PURSUE IT.
WE ARE WEAK AND SINFUL; DO NOT LET US PROMOTE DISORDER.
DO NOT LET IGNORANCE LEAD US DOWN THE WRONG PATH NOR
PARTIALITY INFLUENCE OUR ACTIONS.
LET US FIND IN YOU OUR UNITY SO THAT WE MAY JOURNEY TOGETHER
TO ETERNAL LIFE AND NOT STRAY FROM THE WAY OF TRUTH AND WHAT
ALL THIS WE ASK OF YOU, WHO ARE AT WORK IN EVERY PLACE AND TIME, IN THE COMMUNION OF THE FATHER AND THE SON, FOREVER
AND EVER. AMEN.
SEPTEMBER 10, 2023
Virtual Exhibition Honours legacy of Congregation of Holy Cross founder
The year 2023 celebrates the 150th anniversary of the passing of Father Basile Moreau, founder of the Congregation of Holy Cross.
To mark the occasion, the virtual exhibition
The Legacy of Blessed Basile Moreau in Canada honors his spirituality, his work and his legacy.
Over 200 archival documents, photographs, artifacts and works of art are presented. Preserved by the archives and museums of the Congregation of Holy Cross in Montreal, they illustrate the impact made on Canada by the fathers, brothers and sisters of the Congregation since 1847.
Five themes of this heritage are highlighted, starting with the close relationship between Father Moreau, the Le Mans region, cradle of the community in France, and the Canadian mission over the years.
Learn more about the main vocation of the Holy Cross congregation: education by preaching and by teaching.
Discover the 15 spiritual sons and daughters of Father Moreau who have brought their personal touch to the work of Holy Cross in the fields of visual arts, music, theatre, social commitment, teaching, history and missionary life.
Visit 16 sites that testify to the urban legacy of the Holy Cross community in Montreal.
Finally, explore the mission countries where Canadian religious men and women have worked. You will be able to admire artistic representations of Blessed Basile Moreau created around the world.
– Archives Service of the Canadian Province of the Congregation of Holy Cross
– Archives of the Sisters of Holy Cross
– Canadian Province of the Congregation of Holy Cross
– Sisters of Holy Cross
march 31, 2023
— from Diocese Montreal
It might not always seem like it but, on Sundays, all the Christians of the world are celebrating. There are some assemblies that are very joyful, and others are quite timid, perhaps even a bit stiff…
No matter how they are, God is very much there, at the center of each church. He is often discreet, like a gentle breeze, but he can at times blow wildly like a storm!
Why do Catholics go to Mass each Sunday? For one good reason: to commune with Christ.
Okay… But what does communion mean? Of course, if we do not know what communion means then we cannot understand why Catholics would go to Mass on Sunday!
Mass is captivating, like a suspense movie, on the condition that we understand the intrigue.
God at work!
At Mass, we see, feel and hear God at work in and around us. When we feel this love of God very strongly, then we run to Mass as often as possible! When we don’t feel anything or we don’t see anything, well then, we still go! In faithfulness to that love.
It is like life as a couple! The passionate feeling of butterflies in the stomach may not always be there on a daily basis. Sometimes, we do not feel anything, but loving is a decision, because we have committed to it, and we want to stay true to that commitment, knowing that love is more a decision than a fluttering butterfly…
Then, in time, we realize that this loyalty is rewarded a hundredfold: we make this truth come true; we give, we receive, we live a life of sharing that heals all types of emotional wounds by filling up our great need to love and be loved.
That is what Communion with Christ is! In remaining true to Him, in making our hearts ready to receive His love and His life, in allowing him to get close to us, it is then that he teaches us, nourishes us, transforms us, and heals us… All this during the Mass! And after the Mass, filled up, strengthened and certain of this love, we want to live out of it and share it with others.
The Mass is the celebration of the love between God and ourselves; after the Mass is when we are sent out on mission to learn to love and be loved.
This is how God acts through us… if we let him! To let him is the only condition required. Why? Because with Him, it is about free Love. Real love.
We are not angels
When God created us, he took great care in creating us man and woman, that is, with a body and spirit that cannot be separated. We are both body and spirit, contrary to the angels who are pure spirits.
God created us this way so that we could search for him with all of our senses, and not only with our intelligence. That is the reason why He offers us his love through tangible signs that we can see, touch, hear, taste and smell! All this for love of us and so that our body would be as fulfilled as our spirit.
We call these signs sacraments. Jesus left them for us when he walked on this earth with us. He knew well our deep need for the beyond in our human life that often lacks depth and substance.
Thanks to the sacraments, our thirst for the infinite and the absolute is quenched. It is like when we were children; we needed to physically feel love from our parents. So, we would go climb into the arms of our mother, or go be cradled by our father…
Our Heavenly Father proceeds in the same way; so that we could physically feel his love, his Son Jesus gave us tangible signs of love: baptism, confirmation, Eucharist, reconciliation, anointing of the sick, holy orders and marriage. Each time we “run” to Mass, to adoration, to an evening of prayer, or to any other celebration such as Easter, Christmas, the Body and Blood of Christ, Pentecost, etc. we run to be snuggled, strengthened and nourished. In short, we place ourselves on the receiving end of love.
There are lots of people in the pews!
Any celebration, whatever it be, is captivating provided that we have understood that we come together not only to socialize and have a good laugh! Each celebration is an invitation from God to participate in His work of love, that is not negligible…
It is captivating because we are actors with Him, surrounded by our brothers and sisters, by all the Saints and the angels in Heaven… there are lots of people in the pews, even if we cannot see them with our eyes.
Catholics celebrate someone or something every day. They love a good party! They sing, raise up their hands, kneel, get up, give each other the Peace of Christ. All over the world, the liturgy is the same, offering a space and time to stop and meet God and celebrate His love. This is how God makes our life fruitful; interiorly, personally, in our family and our cultural – we leave having been filled up, calmed and enlivened. Why would we want to pass that up? Sunday is all that, and it is sacred. Yes, we are truly created for love. That’s a good reason to celebrate, is it not?