Communique #2 – Christian Family Life
National Chairperson of Christian Family Life Dorothy Johansen, October 4, 2021.
My dear sisters in the League,
Marriage and Family
The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) has established a standing committee for family and life, which replaces the former Canadian Organization for Life and Family (COLF). The CCCB still has a few COLF resources available; however, new materials are available or are being developed for use.
Sanctity of Life
The current 40 Days for Life campaign, which began September 22nd, will end October 31st. Refer to 40daysforlife.com to find locations in Canada where vigils are being held. You can also find prayers to support pro-life if you are unable to attend a vigil in person.
Support for Euthanasia Prevention Coalition (EPC) was affirmed through a motion to continue the temporary national voluntary fund. A list of resources available from EPC is enclosed. Please ask your diocesan counterparts to consider informing members about this fund and direct them to resources to enhance their knowledge about preventing euthanasia available at epcc.ca/.
Ministry to Youth, Disabled, Seniors, Widowed, Separated, Divorced
In a global advertisement campaign, Pope Francis said, “Being vaccinated with vaccines authorized by the competent authorities is an act of love. And contributing to ensure the majority of people are vaccinated is an act of love—love for oneself, love for one’s family and friends, love for all people.”
In every province and territory, there is a need to contact people who may be unable to access vaccines due to their circumstances. Especially at risk are seniors who live on their own or people in rural areas. If each council encouraged its members to reach out to people who might want to be vaccinated and perhaps help them to access a clinic, it would be possible to help save more lives. Please ask your diocesan counterparts to share this suggestion with parish councils.
A website, vocations.ca, has information on the types of vocations and listings of communities and dioceses that may be of interest.
National Chairperson of Christian Family Life