Links

   Diocese of Sault Ste. Marie:   http://diocesessm.org

The Vatican:  vatican.va    From the Vatican:  Catechism of the Catholic Church

Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops:   www.cccb.ca

Through the work of its members, the Conference is involved in matters of national and international scope in areas such as ecumenism and interfaith dialogue, theology, social justice, aid to developing countries, the protection of human life, liturgy, communications and Christian education. The Conference also provides the Bishops with a forum where they can share their experience and insights on the life of the Church and the major events that shape our society.

Assembly of Catholic Bishops of Ontario:   http://acbo.on.ca

The Assembly of Catholic Bishops of Ontario is the association of the Catholic bishops in the Province of Ontario in the service of Catholics of Ontario.  By its very nature, the ACBO is a forum where the Bishops of Ontario reflect together and collaborate on projects to proclaim, celebrate and live the Good News of Jesus Christ in our province. It is an instrument of the collegiality that binds Bishops with each other under the leadership of the Bishop of Rome in a common purpose, a common mission, a common faith.  The ACBO is one of four regional assemblies of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, which is located in Ottawa. The CCCB is the national association of all Catholic bishops of Canada.

Pregnant?  Afraid?  Need to speak with someone?

North Bay pregnancy Help & Resource Centre, 323 Algonquin Ave, North Bay, ON P1B 8J8. Open weekdays 10:00 AM–4:00 PM. Tel: 475-9270. Offering free pregnancy testing, optional counselling, a friendly non-judgmental ear, baby supplies, post-abortion grief counselling, and community service referrals.

Birthright:  Birthright offers love, friendship, and support to women who are pregnant or think they may be pregnant. We help women make a realistic plan for their future.  Visit:  birthright.org  or   call  1-800-550-4900

North Bay and Area Right to Life / Pro-Vie:  Call 705-474-3666 or visit their office at 323 Algonquin Avenue from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday to Friday

To Read Pope Francis’ Amoris Laetitia Click on this link

YEAR OF MERCY  Pope Francis is calling on the whole Church to celebrate a Jubilee Year of Mercy.  The Holy Year of Mercy will run from December 8, 2015 through November 20, 2016.  Learn more about the Year of Mercy in the Papal Bull Document below. The bull is the fundamental document for the Holy Year that outlines the overall spirit and intentions for the Jubilee, as well as the spiritual fruits that are hoped for.  The 28-page bull, titled “Misericordiae Vultus” or “The Face of Mercy” opens with the declaration, “Jesus is the face of the Father’s mercy. These words might well sum up the mystery of the Christian faith.  Pope Francis says the Holy Year is “dedicated to living out in our daily lives the mercy” which God “constantly extends to all of us.” He explains the year will begin on December 8 to commemorate both the feast of the Immaculate Conception and the 50th anniversary of the closing of the Second Vatican Council, which called the Church to proclaim the Gospel to the world in new ways, bringing God’s mercy to everyone.  See more below:

http://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/apost_letters/documents/papa-francesco_bolla_20150411_misericordiae-vultus.html

Year of Mercy Prayer:   Year of Mercy Prayer

Year of Mercy Logo:   Year of Mercy Logo Description

Click here to listen to the Year of Mercy hymn.

World Meeting of Families “Love is our Mission”   Love is Our Mission

Interfaith Dialogue

This October in Toronto the Ontario Diocesan Ecumenical and Interfaith Directors will mark the 50th anniversary of the Vatican II document Nostra Aetate — “The Relation of the Church to Non-Christian Religions”.  This special provincial gathering will focus on understanding values, attitudes and actions towards all non-Christians living in our communities.

For more information on inter-faith dialogue:

The Second Vatican Council:  Declaration on the Relation of the Church to Non-Christian Religions:  Nostra Aetate

A Church in Dialogue—Catholics and Muslims in Canda: Believers and Citizens in Society:  CCCB_Muslim_EN_web