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Provincial Christian Family Life – Communique #4 – Susan Steiner    May 20, 2017

“I would like to ask you all a question - How are things when it comes to joy at home?  Is there joy in your family?” – Pope Francis

The Presence of God in the family brings joy in good time and in bad, because with God all things are possible.

This Communique is asking that we focus on the FAMILY.

The Catholic Organization for Life and Family has prepared a leaflet “The Joy of Love, At the Heart of the Family”, which is a brief journey through Amoris Leatitia – Pope Francis.  This leaflet can be purchased from COLF for 40 cents each or electronically downloaded.  I highly recommend you purchase or download this.  The website is www.colf.ca.

Most Revered Douglas Crosby OMI, Bishop of Hamilton and President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops has a “Statement on Canada’s Opioid Crisis and Drug Addiction” on their website www.cccb.ca.  He has mentioned the family’s responsibility.  I am going to quote one short piece of it.

“The family is and remains the fundamental building block of society.  In the struggle against drug addiction, we may go so far as to say that the family is ‘the cornerstone of prevention, treatment, rehabilitation and health strategies’. The message of the Catholic Church to those whose family members suffer from addiction is: Do not abandon them; they need your support more than ever!.  I ask you to download this statement and make it available in your parish

March for Life – May 11, 2017 in Victoria.  The theme was Human Rights Still Matter

We (members of the Catholic Women’s League of Canada) joined hundreds of others from throughout B.C. for the March for Life in Victoria , May 11, 2017.  The day started with a prayer service at Central Baptist Church, Mass at St. Andrew’s Roman Catholic Cathedral and St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church.  I attended Mass at St. Andrew’s Cathedral and it was full to the brim.

The March gathered and left from Centennial Square at 1:45 pm and walked down Government Street to the B.C. Legislature.  We arrived at the front lawns of the Legislature at approximately 2:15 pm.

It was so exciting to see so many young people taking part.  There were three bus loads of students from Abbotsford and Langley.  At Centennial Square we were getting our Banner ready and four young ladies, appearing to be still of school age, came over to us and asked to carry our banner.  It was so exciting to have young ladies carry the CWL Banner.  We did not hesitate to say “Yes”.  There was representation from the Archdiocese of Vancouver, Diocese of Victoria, Diocese of Prince George and the Diocese of Nelson.  Master of Ceremonies was Pavel Reid, director of the office of Marriage and Family of the Archdiocese of Vancouver.  Speakers were Archbishop J. Michael Miller, pro-life advocates, Stan Leyenhorst, John Caarpay, Dr. Paul Chamberlain and Irene De Sousa.  The event closed with a dinner fundraiser, hosted by National Campus Life Network.  

National Campus Life Network trains students to be pro-life leaders, supporting them with the resources they need to reach their peers and thereby change the culture.

Prayer to the Holy Family

Jesus, Mary and Joseph

In you we contemplate

The splendor of true love, to you we turn with trust.

Holy Family of Nazareth

Grant that our families too

May be places of communion and prayer, authentic school of the Gospel

and small domestic churches.

Holy Family of Nazareth

May families never again experience violence, rejection or division

May all who have hurt or scandalized have ready comfort and healing.

Holy Family of Nazareth

Make us once more mindful

of the sacredness and individuality of the family, and its beauty in God’s plan.

Jesus, Mary and Joseph, Graciously hear our prayer.  Amen

Enjoy your summer and come back in the Fall refreshed.

Hope to see you at the Provincial Convention in Kelowna

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