Finding humility in Holy Week, helping our neighbours access a COVID-19 vaccine, and more

Dear friends,

In his encyclical Fratelli tutti, Pope Francis describes many of the challenges facing us in politics and civic life. Among their many causes, he draws out a common theme: our lack of social and political humility. He calls us to a greater love, born in humility and the realization that we grow closer to God by loving others as we love ourselves: “Sincere and humble worship of God bears fruit not in discrimination, hatred and violence, but in respect for the sacredness of life, respect for the dignity and freedom of others, and loving commitment to the welfare of all.

It is Holy Week. In this week before he gave himself to us in the overwhelming love of the cross, Christ suffered tremendous humiliations. He was beaten, mocked, abandoned by his disciples and the society that was meant to protect him; stripped, nailed to a cross, and left to die in front of his mother. There is no greater humility than this: God allowing himself to be subjected to the worst human cruelties, out of sheer love for all.

Let us pray this Holy Week for even a crumb of this unlimited humility—that we may apply it in our personal and social lives, and in encountering the pain and suffering around us, pose the question “What can I do to serve?” instead of “How can I avoid this?”

Almighty and ever-living God, graciously grant that we may heed Christ’s lesson of patient suffering and so merit a share in his Resurrection—and may this spirit of humility wash over our politics, our culture, and every citizen with the power, big and small, to do something for the good of others.

Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

With our prayers for a meaningful Holy Week for you all,
Matthew & Brendan

Upcoming Events

JOIN US WEDNESDAY, APRIL 21 FOR OUR FREE WEBINAR WITH ACCLAIMED CATHOLIC AUTHOR CHARLES CAMOSY ON THROWAWAY CULTURE, AND HOW A CONSISTENT LIFE ETHIC CAN UNITE LEFT AND RIGHT

A conversation about how Catholics can transcend the left-right political divide and build a political culture of encounter and hospitality

Ours is a “throwaway culture”, in the words of Pope Francis—one in which the vulnerable are too-often discarded like trash. It doesn’t have to be this way. In his book Resisting Throwaway Culture, Fordham University professor Charles Camosy calls us to transcend the left-right political divide in favour of a Catholic culture of hospitality and encounter where “no one is useless, no one is expendable… [and includes] those on the peripheries of life.” Join us for a free webinar with Professor Camosy about how a Consistent Life Ethic can unite us and build this political culture, one rooted in love and human dignity.

In our conversation with Professor Camosy, we’ll discuss:

  • Our current state of toxic political polarization
  • How a Catholic social vision can transcend both the political left and right, and resist the forces tearing us apart
  • Pope Francis’ idea of a throwaway culture vs. a culture of encounter, and what it would be like to live in the latter
  • How do we consistently apply a Catholic life ethic across a range of issues?
  • How can we live a culture of encounter in our ordinary lives as Christian citizens? What would the consequences be for our communities?

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 21ST @ 7:30-8:30 PM EDT

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MEET OUR GUEST, PROFESSOR CHARLES CAMOSY

Charles C. Camosy is associate professor of theological and social ethics at Fordham University. His work on ethics and policy moves beyond stale and lazy arguments which artificially pit liberals and conservatives against each other. Instead, Camosy finds common ground by unpacking the real complexities of some of today’s most passionately debated issues.

Works of Mercy In Out Community

HELP THE SENIORS IN YOUR LIFE BOOK A COVID-19 VACCINE APPOINTMENT

At long last, Canada’s COVID-19 vaccination campaign is under way. As Catholics, we have a duty to be vaccinated. In the words of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, “Catholics are invited to be vaccinated, both in keeping with the dictates of their conscience and in contributing to the common good by promoting the health and safety of others… All COVID-19 vaccines that are medically approved by the relevant health authorities may be licitly received by Catholics. Since there is currently no choice of vaccine being offered, Catholics in good conscience, may receive the vaccine that is available and offered to them.”

In many parts of Canada, COVID-19 vaccination appointments can be booked online or over the phone. For some elderly members of our Catholic community, accessing vaccinations might be difficult. They may need technical assistance in booking an appointment online or over the phone, or a drive to their appointment at a clinic or hospital. No matter the needs, we encourage you to privately reach out to the elderly people in your life and offer to help them book and attend an appointment. Those who will have the hardest time booking an appointment are often those who are most at risk from the virus. Your loving intercession could help protect their lives. Remember: When helping, be sure to strictly follow public health guidance.

Below are links to some provincial and municipal COVID-19 resources, with information on booking vaccination appointments:

City of Toronto
Ontario
Saskatchewan
Manitoba
Alberta
British Columbia
Quebec
New Brunswick
Nova Scotia
Prince Edward Island
Newfoundland & Labrador

Conscience Conversations

WATCH OUR CONVERSATION WITH DR. TOD WORNER ABOUT READING OUR WAY TO GOD

In February, we were honoured to host Dr. Tod Worner, the managing editor of the Word on Fire Institute’s Evangelization & Culture journal. Who better to tell us about the power of spiritual reading in bringing us closer to God, discovering who we are in God’s eyes, and helping us love our neighbours better?

In this spiritually nourishing conversation that will especially delight the readers in our audience, Dr. Tod Worner discusses with Catholic Conscience’s volunteer animator Peter Copeland:

  • The place of great literature in the spiritual journey, and how these works can serve as “the echoes of God in the outside world”;
  • How reading inspires conversion;
  • How the beauty of great reading opens our hearts to the Holy Spirit;
  • How modern humanities education in the universities has shifted focus away from great literature and virtue ethics;
  • The essential humanity in great works of fiction, and even non-Catholic works of literature and how they help us discover who we are in God’s eyes; and,
  • How reading led Dr. Worner and others to Catholicism.

You can click below to watch the full conversation.
 👉 CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE FULL WEBINAR

Serving Your Community

WE’RE EXPANDING ELIGIBILITY FOR OUR UPCOMING CATHOLIC LEADERS MISSION WORKSHOPS

In the vision of Catholic teaching, civic leadership is a vocation—one of the most important for nourishing the true common good of all. For Catholic civic leaders, proper formation is critical: the well-being and integrity of our communities is at stake.
The formation of such leaders is the purpose of our Catholic Leaders Mission: our two-day workshops offer spiritual and moral formation, methods of discernment, and practical skills needed for the political vocation. Our graduates emerge ready to serve their communities in a spirit of political love, through a commitment to the principles of Catholic social teaching and the enhancement of the dignity of all they serve.
When we first announced the CLM, the program was aimed at elected officials and those either campaigning for political office or discerning a campaign for office in the next two years. We have come to realize that the skills and spiritual formation offered by CLM are wider to a much wider group, of all those serving in a political vocation. These might include:

  • Catholic politicians and political candidates;
  • Catholics who work in politics, including political staff and public servants;
  • Catholics who work for or volunteer for Catholic charities and advocacy organizations; and,
  • Catholics who serve in community leadership roles, such as on a board of directors, a parish council, or a committee.

Beyond this list, we welcome all those who work in a political vocation. If your own work or volunteer service doesn’t perfectly fit the above list, we are open to discussing further with you. Simply email brendan@catholicconscience.org and we can chat!
Here are four reasons you should join the 2021 CLM cohort.

  • Grow into your calling as a servant-leader.
  • Develop the skills needed to succeed in your service.
  • Learn from top Catholic leaders and political practitioners.
  • Join a growing community of Catholics in political and civic service.

👉 CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE

OR EMAIL BRENDAN@CATHOLICCONSCIENCE.ORG FOR MORE DETAILS

From The Holy Father

NEW POPE FRANCIS DOCUMENTARY OUT NOW ON DISCOVERY+

A new documentary about Pope Francis has been released, taking a closer look at the ministry of our extraordinary Holy Father and the contemporary social issues which animate his apostolate to a hurting human family. In the words of the film’s director:

“This film is a love letter to the Earth and its people and will be there as a strong reminder of what can happen when we stop ‘loving one another’. May we all follow the simple mantra and beautiful actions of this incredible man – Pope Francis. I hope that it will bring attention to the important global issues portrayed in the film; and that we can come together to effect change in the world and preserve it for the future. With Pope Francis as the central figure in the film, it is a testament to the power of one person to make a difference. And an inspiration to the viewer to do the same.”

👉CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE

👉CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT WHERE YOU CAN WATCH THE FILM

What We’re Watching

REDEMPTORIST TV REFLECTIONS ON DIGNIFIED EMPLOYMENT, ESSENTIAL WORKERS, ENCOUNTERING THE POOR, AND MORE FOR THE YEAR OF ST. JOSEPH

Our Executive Director recently collaborated with RedemptoristTV to produce a series of video reflections in honour of the Year of St. Joseph and Pope Francis’ apostolic letter, Patris corde, extoling the virtues of this extraordinary Christian saint. Many of these reflections touch on pressing contemporary civic challenges like dignified employment, encountering the vulnerable, the heroism and danger facing essential workers in the COVID-19 pandemic, and more. St. Joseph is one of our patron saints at Catholic Conscience and is the patron of Canada. In challenging times we turn to him for strength and guidance towards his timeless virtues: humility, trust in God, diligence, fortitude, and more.

👉CLICK HERE TO WATCH A REFLECTION ON THE ORDINARY HEROES OF THE PANDEMIC

👉CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE FULL SERIES

Prayer

REGINA ARCHBISHOP DONALD BOLEN’S PRAYER FOR CATHOLICS DURING ELECTIONS

During the 2020 provincial elections in Saskatchewan, Archbishop Donald Bolen of the Archdiocese of Regina offered this prayer for use during elections. This prayer has become a beloved one for us here at Catholic Conscience. We pray it often for the Holy Spirit’s guidance in our lay apostolate, and for all Catholics serving in civic and political vocations. We share this slightly amended version with you now and ask for your prayers as well:

Lord, father of our human family,

Your son Jesus taught us in the parable of the good Samaritan that each of us is called to care for our brothers and sisters without concern for our differences, or what divides us.

Pour your spirit out upon each and every one of us. Give us, and all involved in the civic and political vocation,
A spirit of humility to acknowledge our failuresA spirit of gratitude for each of the gifts you have given usA spirit of wisdom, to guide our actions in accordance with your teachingA spirit of fraternity, so that we might have concern for the most vulnerableAnd a spirit of love, so that we might abide even more fully in You.

O God, Trinity of love, from the profound communion of your divine life grant each and every one of us a deeper sense of unity. Give to us a desire to sacrifice ourselves for our brothers and sisters. Help us to live like your family did, with simplicity in Nazareth, and as the early Christian community did, whose charity has spread throughout the world.

O Good Shepherd, Christ the King, you are our Guide. Continue to guide us then to your will in this, and in every moment of our lives.

Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.
St Joseph, pray for us.
St Joan of Arc, pray for us.
San Juan Diego, pray for us.
St Keteri Tekakwitha, pray for us.
Ste. Marguerite Bourgeoys, pray for us.
St André Bessette, pray for us.

Amen.

READING OUR WAY TO GOD: A webinar featuring Word on Fire’s Dr. Tod Worner

St. Jerome wrote, “When we pray, we speak to God; but when we read, God speaks to us.”

We interviewed Dr. Tod Worner (Managing Editor of Evangelization & Culture, the Journal of the Word on Fire Institute) about the power of great literature for forming us into better Catholics, better servants of Christ—and more impactful Christian citizens. Whether you’re an avid reader or want to become one, you’ll leave our conversation feeling inspired to pursue reading as more than a hobby—you’ll learn how reading can be a prayer, and a method of spiritual formation.

Dr. Tod Worner is a practicing internal medicine physician who lectures and offers rotations on medicine and literature for the University of Minnesota Medical School & and teaches “The Art of Healing “ at St. John’s University. He is the Managing Editor of Evangelization & Culture, the Journal of the Word on Fire Institute. He has written for the New York Post, National Review, Word on Fire, and numerous other publications. Mostly, Tod is a proud husband & father delighted to be constantly outsmarted by his two young daughters.

Original event date: March 11, 2021

The Common Good Catholic – February 2021

Dear friends,
 
We’ve been thinking about the future lately. We’ve been looking towards a time when the pandemic has passed—when we are all vaccinated, and that blessed day when we can once again safely gather for Mass, fellowship, and celebration. We’ve been looking towards the future of our work at Catholic Conscience—we recently concluded a wonderful board retreat and have begun to formulate a five-year strategic plan for the direction of our evolving mission. We also look forward with gratitude to the opportunities for service that 2021 will bring.
 
In this issue of the Common Good Catholic, we’re excited to share with you one other reason we’re looking towards the future: the launch of our first-ever Catholic Leaders Mission program. You’ll find all the details below, but basically, it aims to be Canada’s first spiritual and moral formation program for Catholic political candidates—bringing together those seeking a political vocation across party lines, to grow in that vocation in light of Catholic social teaching. We’re so excited to bring CLM to life this year. If you are running for office or are interested in running for office in the next couple of years, please send us an email—we’d love to tell you more!
 
One theme brings together our thinking about the future. Whether considering the post-pandemic, the future of our mission, or this new and exciting program, we’re thinking about how the future can bring community. Greater community and fellowship for all Catholics and people of good will, as we together work to build the Kingdom of God on earth. We were reminded recently that just as Lent is an opportunity to reflect more critically on our own sins, to repent and turn towards Christ’s love for healing in a refreshed way, so too our community must do this same work. In Fratelli tutti, Pope Francis writes about how the early Christian community so vividly modelled this fellowship and commitment to service with each other and with their neighbours:
 
…we can see how the early Christian communities, living in a pagan world marked by widespread corruption and aberrations, sought to show unfailing patience, tolerance and understanding. Some texts are very clear in this regard: we are told to admonish our opponents “with gentleness” (2 Tim 2:25) and encouraged “to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show every courtesy to everyone. For we ourselves were once foolish” (Tit 3:2-3). The Acts of the Apostles notes that the disciples, albeit persecuted by some of the authorities, “had favour with all the people” (2:47; cf. 4:21.33; 5:13).
 
May this spirit of love animate us in 2021!
 
With gratitude,
Matthew & Brendan

Upcoming Events

JOIN US THURSDAY, MARCH 11 FROM 7:30-8:30 PM EST FOR OUR INTERVIEW WITH WORD ON FIRE’S DR. TOD WORNER ABOUT READING OUR WAY TO GOD

St. Jerome wrote, “When we pray, we speak to God; but when we read, God speaks to us.” Join us on Thursday, March 11 (7:30-8:30 PM EST) as we interview Dr. Tod Worner (Managing Editor of Evangelization & Culture, the Journal of the Word on Fire Institute) about the power of great literature for forming us into better Catholics, better servants of Christ—and more impactful Christian citizens. Whether you’re an avid reader or want to become one, you’ll leave our conversation feeling inspired to pursue reading as more than a hobby—you’ll learn how reading can be a prayer, and a method of spiritual formation. RSVP today for webinar login details!

 👉 CLICK HERE TO RSVP NOW

MEET OUR GUEST, DR. TOD WORNER
Tod Worner is a practicing internal medicine physician who lectures and offers rotations on medicine and literature for the University of Minnesota Medical School & and teaches “The Art of Healing “ at St. John’s University. He is the Managing Editor of Evangelization & Culture, the Journal of the Word on Fire Institute. He has written for the New York Post, National Review, Word on Fire, and numerous other publications. Mostly, Tod is a proud husband & father delighted to be constantly outsmarted by his two young daughters.

Works of Mercy In Out Community

COVID-19 RESOURCES FROM THE CANADIAN CATHOLIC BIOETHICS INSTITUTE

If you’re interested in learning more about Catholic ethical perspectives on the COVID-19 pandemic, we highly encourage you to follow the Canadian Catholic Bioethics Institute. Dr. Moira McQueen and the CCBI team have been providing regular updates on many ethical topics that have come to the fore for Catholics in this time—topics like the ethicality of certain vaccines, healthcare practices, and more. Dr. McQueen is a leading Canadian Catholic expert on bioethical issues and offers excellent, readable analysis.

 👉 CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE

Conscience Conversations

WATCH OUR CONVERSATION WITH DR. BRETT SALKELD ABOUT VOTING LIKE A CATHOLIC

Last month, we had the great pleasure of hosting our friend Dr. Brett Salkeld—theologian-in-residence at the Archdiocese of Regina—about one of our favourite topics: discerning your vote as a Catholic.

In this wide-ranging conversation, we touch on a variety of topics related to voting, including:

  • How the ideas of intrinsic evil and remote cooperation with evil do (and do not) apply to the act of voting;
  • Common myths about voting and Catholic social teaching, like the idea that there is “only one acceptable party for a Catholic to vote for”; and,
  • The importance of discerning your vote through the lens of Catholic social teaching, including important tactics for doing so—like prayer, charitably discussing the issues with others, encountering and building relationships with your candidates and politicians, and examining your conscience as a political participant.

You can click below to watch the full conversation.

 👉 CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE FULL WEBINAR

Serving Your Community

ANNOUNCING THE CATHOLIC LEADERS MISSION: FORMATION FOR CATHOLIC POLITICAL CANDIDATES, PRESENTED BY CATHOLIC CONSCIENCE

Serving as an elected official is more than a job. In the vision of Catholic teaching, civic leadership is a vocation—one of the most important for nourishing the true common good of all. For Catholic leaders, proper formation is critical: the well-being and integrity of our communities is at stake.

The formation of such leaders is the purpose of our Catholic Leaders Mission: our two-day workshops offer spiritual and moral formation, methods of discernment, and practical skills needed in seeking and properly holding office. Our graduates emerge ready to serve their communities in a spirit of political love, through a commitment to the principles of Catholic social teaching and the enhancement of the dignity of every constituent.

Are you a Catholic considering a run for elected office? Here are four reasons you should join the 2021 CLM cohort.

  • Grow into your calling as a servant-leader.
  • Develop the skills needed to succeed in your campaign.
  • Learn from top Catholic leaders and political practitioners.
  • Join a growing community of Catholics in politics.

👉 CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE

OR EMAIL BRENDAN@CATHOLICCONSCIENCE.ORG FOR MORE DETAILS

From The Holy Father

LENT IS “A HUMBLE DESCENT BOTH INWARDS AND TOWARDS OTHERS,” POPE FRANCIS SAYS AT ASH WEDNESDAY MASS

In his homily for Ash Wednesday Mass, Pope Francis reminds us how Lent invites us to greater love of God, and in turn, love of neighbour.

Today we bow our heads to receive ashes. At the end of Lent, we will bow even lower to wash the feet of our brothers and sisters. Lent is a humble descent both inwards and towards others. It is about realizing that salvation is not an ascent to glory, but a descent in love. It is about becoming little. 

👉 CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL HOMILY

👉 CLICK HERE TO WATCH

What We’re Watching

ENJOY A CHILDREN’S LITURGY OF THE WORD WITH YOUR KIDS THIS LENTEN SEASON: YES, LORD! FROM SALT + LIGHT MEDIA

This Lent, Salt + Light Media has launched an exciting and unique new series: Yes, Lord!, a Liturgy of the Word designed with children in mind. New episodes are being released every Friday during Lent, featuring reflections by Deacon Pedro Guevara Mann.

 👉 CLICK HERE TO WATCH

Prayer

A NATIONAL PRAYER FOR CANADA DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

Back in March 2020, the Catholic Register wrote about a collaboration between Ottawa’s Archbishop Terrence Prendergast and Rabbi Dr. Reuven P. Bulka, the former co-president of the Canadian Jewish Congress. Together they co-authored a National Prayer for Canada, which was collectively recited on a common day of action last March. The prayer is a beautiful invocation for God’s help in this moment of danger, and “an invitation to Canadians to pray for all in any way touched by the coronavirus” in the words of Archbishop Prendergast. We invite you to share in this prayer as we hopefully approach the end of this pandemic.

O God,
We gather together separated by life-saving distancing, but united more than ever in spirit;
We know we are in a war against COVID – 19 together, and the more together we are, the better and stronger we will emerge:
We know the challenges are enormous, yet so are the opportunities;
That whether we are in isolation with loved ones, or alone, we will have abundance of time;
We commit to using that time to the max, to help those in greater need in whatever way we can;
We know we all have the opportunity, and time, to be life savers and life enhancers;
We give thanks for those who are on the front line taking care of those who are not well;
We give thanks for the researchers who are working at breakneck speed to find cure and vaccine;
We give thanks for our leaders, federal, provincial and local, for their dedication to all of us;
We give thanks for the providers of our daily needs who go to work in spite of the risk;
We give thanks for those who have ramped up their ability to produce life-saving supplies.
We pray for the well-being of all our life savers; For those who are not well, that they recover fully;
For those enduring difficulty, that they may overcome their challenges.
We pray that a cure and vaccine will soon be available,
And that we all – family, friends, all Canadians, the entire world may be healed in body and spirit.
We ask you, O God, to bless our leaders, our front line care givers, our life savers and life enhancers.
We ask you, O God, to bless Canada, to bless the world, to bless everyone.
Amen.

Vote Like a Catholic

Learn how to vote like a Catholic by discerning your conscience, and addressing common myths about Church teaching on voting. These are just two common myths about voting as a Catholic. What does the Church teach us about our responsibility to vote? And how do we discern our consciences and choose who to vote for? In this webinar, we interview Catholic author and theologian Dr. Brett Salkeld on how to truly vote like a Catholic.

Pick Your Politician: Why Catholics Should Vote In Party Nominations

Learn about the enormous political impact you can have when you buy a party membership and vote in your local candidate nomination process.

WHY CATHOLICS SHOULD VOTE IN PARTY NOMINATIONS

Only 4% of Canadians are members of political parties. That’s only four out of every 100 of us. That tiny number enjoy a special privilege: voting in political party nominations and selecting who will represent their party in each general election. Many of these nominated candidates eventually become our elected representatives. It matters who represents us. That’s why it’s so important Catholics purchase party memberships and vote in nominations.

Hear from former and current Catholic candidates from different parties about why nominations matter, and how you can get involved and pick your politicians.

Featuring a special introduction from Neil MacCarthy, Director of Public Relations & Communications at the Archdiocese of Toronto.

Panelists:

Jo-Ann Davis, Senior Associate, Leman Group

Talon Regent, Lawyer, Regent Law

Ben Smith, Broadcast Journalist, Rogers Communications Advisory Council on Special Education, Ontario Ministry of Education

Webinar: Serving On Boards & Committees As A Catholic

Learn how you can grow in and live out your Catholic faith, by serving your neighbours on a board or committee.

In 2020, Toronto Catholics marked the first annual Stewardship Sunday: a reminder that all our time, talent, and treasure are gifts of God’s love meant to be spent in service of others. One way we can offer our gifts to others is through serving on a board or committee whether of a charity, non-profit, business, or other institution. In this webinar, experienced Catholic board leaders will share their stories and you’ll learn:

  • Who should consider serving on a board, and why;
  • How Catholic social teaching calls us to serve our neighbours;
  • How board service can help you grow in faith, particularly in serving your neighbours and living out your Gospel values; and,
  • Explore opportunities to serve on a board.

Serving on a board, voting as a Catholic, politics between elections, and more

An Angel Frees the Souls of Purgatory
An Angel Frees the Souls of Purgatory.

One more way of bringing Gospel values to our neighbours: On a board or committee

Dear brothers and sisters,

We hope you’re safe and healthy, and that you and your loved ones are well despite the continuing pandemic. With God’s grace, hopefully our present crisis will pass soon. Until then, please continue to pray for those researching a vaccine—and for all the most vulnerable among us, who are facing the worst of the pandemic.

We’re coming up for air after two very successful Catholic Action campaigns in Saskatchewan and British Columbia! What a pleasure and privilege to collaborate with our friends in the dioceses of Saskatchewan, and the B.C. Catholic. It was exciting to share our materials outside the GTA, and to reach new audiences of fellow Catholics and people of good will across the country.

We’re excited for what’s next: a free webinar we’re hosting on November 25. The topic is a unique one: Serving and loving our neighbours as Catholics, through service on a board of directors or a committee. Whether a parish council, or a charitable board, a neighbourhood association, or even a business board, so many Catholics find themselves being invited to serve on committees. Is there anything to be afraid of?  How does our Catholic faith apply to that work? And indeed, how can we grow in our faith in such work? We’re bring together three very experienced board leaders—including two former chairs of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Toronto—to tell us about their work and how their Catholic faith influences that work. If you’ve ever considered serving on a board or committee and wanted to learn more, don’t miss this webinar! You’ll find all the details below. And you can register by clicking here.

As always—you’re in our prayers, and we’re so grateful for your love and support.

One more thing: We’re always looking for new ideas. New programs we can undertake or events we can put together to help grow Catholic civic and political leadership in Canada. If you have an idea, send us an email! So many of our programs thus far have been inspired by the ideas of others. You can reach us at matthew@catholicconscience.org and brendan@catholicconscience.org.

With love,
Matthew Marquardt & Brendan Steven

Upcoming Events

JOIN US WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 25 FROM 7-8 PM AND LEARN ABOUT SERVING ON A BOARD OR COMMITTEE AS A CATHOLIC

In 2020, Toronto Catholics marked the first annual Stewardship Sunday: a reminder that all our time, talent, and treasure are gifts of God’s love meant to be spent in service of others. One way we can offer our gifts to others is through serving on a board or committee whether of a charity, non-profit, business, or other institution. In this webinar, experienced Catholic board leaders will share their stories and you’ll learn:

  • Who should consider serving on a board, and why;
  • How Catholic social teaching calls us to serve our neighbours;
  • How board service can help you grow in faith, particularly in serving your neighbours and living out your Gospel values; and,
  • Explore opportunities to serve on a board.

Click here to RSVP and get all the event details!

Works of Mercy In Out Community

TORONTONIANS: HELP ST. PATRICK’S OUT OF THE COLD PROGRAM

Many Catholic Conscience supporters are parishioners at St. Patrick’s parish in downtown Toronto – in fact, Catholic Conscience can be said to have grown up there. So, we would be remiss not to share info about the winter expansion of St. Patrick’s Out of the Cold program. If you’re looking for a way help a neighbor this winter, here’s a great way to do it! Details below.

This year, with COVID-19, the programming for “Out of the Cold” has changed.  Meals are prepared for about 600 people and sent down to two downtown full-time shelters to help support their food supply, resources and mandate of care for our brothers and sisters who access their services.

Through a collaborative effort between St. Patrick’s Out of the Cold Program, Street Patrol – which normally operates in the summer months from St. Patrick’s, and Ignite Youth and Young Adult Ministry, we are offering WINTER STREET PATROL: “Into the Cold” beginning Sunday November 29th and running each Sunday until March, beginning at 4:00 pm sharp, and running until about 7:00 pm.  Gather at Neumann Hall (131 McCaul Street).  

As we cannot safely provide shelter on a weekly basis, we are taking it to the streets.

Brief Description of the Program:

  • Our Core Team (made up of experienced Out of the Cold and Street Patrol Volunteers) will assemble to prepare coffee, soup, clothing and medical supplies to go on the walks.
  • Casual Volunteers sign up for a day to join the walks.  These Volunteers bring with them a backpack with bagged lunches (sandwich, drink, fruit, sweet snack) which the Casual Volunteers will distribute on the walk.
  • Our Van with extra supplies will follow the groups and set up stations and replenish supplies onroute.
  • Casual Volunteers are accompanied on the walk by our Core Team.
  • Provide referral information for safety, shelter and support services.

Commitment of Casual Volunteers

  • Volunteers sign up for a particular day using our online registration platform. This will help with volunteer  count and contact tracing records.
  • Volunteers respect and adhere to Health Safety Protocols and Social Distancing measures during the Program.
  • Being Casual Volunteers, you commit to the days you want to participate.  If you are looking to participate on more than one occasion, you need to register for each day you will participate.
  • Groups would ensure they sign up each person individually.  
  • We can only take about 25 volunteers per walk (usually in two groups), so registration is due by the Wednesday prior to a particular Sunday, or until the week is full.
  • Volunteers bring about 8-10 bagged lunches with them in a backpack.
  • Volunteers should be prepared to walk in the weather conditions of the day, and be able to use public transport (Presto Card) should the group travel by transit to a specific destination.
  • Except for the Van with extra supplies, the groups of volunteers led by the Core Team Members travel together for safety.

 
For More Information, please visit the Parish Website:  
www.bit.ly/winterstreetpatrol-info

To Register as a Casual Volunteer, Visit the Online Portal:  www.bit.ly/winterstreetpatrol

Please share this information with anyone who might be interested in taking part in an opportunity to reach out to our brothers and sisters who call the streets their homes, and who are very much effected by the realities of COVID-19 in these winter months.

Thank you, and God Bless!

Conscience Conversations

THE ELECTION IS OVER, BUT THE POLITICS CONTINUE: OUR INTERVIEW WITH THE B.C. CATHOLIC

After working with the B.C. Catholic newspaper on delivering the Catholic Action campaign for that province’s election, our President Matthew Marquardt was interviewed about feedback the campaign received and his thoughts on the need for Catholic engagement in politics between election cycles.

I think there is wide agreement that none of the B.C. parties this election had a perfectly Catholic platform, and it’s possible, perhaps likely, that none of them ever will. But I think it’s also possible that all of them could end up having very good Catholic platforms. One of the reasons we can’t tell what impact we have in the election is that none of the parties is perfect, yet none of them is entirely opposed to all the teaching of the Church. There’s room for conversation. There’s room for respectful discourse. So I think that over time there’s certainly room for improvement.

CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL INTERVIEW

Serving Your Community

READ IN THE CATHOLIC REGISTER ABOUT HOW YOU CAN PROVIDE WINTER CLOTHES FOR KIDS IN NEED

“I guess people have had more time at home to do their tidying up and cleaning,” said Louise Coutu, executive director of the St. Vincent De Paul Society. “They feel very good if the items can go to a cause where they know it’s either going to be used by someone directly or that they can use the return for the goods.”

In operation for roughly 30 years, the Bundle Up program has been a conduit between people who want to give away their surplus clothing and those that are in need. On any given weekend the organization sends vehicles to six or seven different parishes across the GTA where parishioners are able to bring their goods to Mass and just put them right on the truck.

“It has kind of eliminated the old drop box idea where there’s a lot of contamination where items are left out the door and open to the elements,” said Coutu. “This way the goods come to us in better condition and it’s still convenient for the parishioner.”

CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE

From The Holy Father

DR. BRETT SALKELD ON “VOTING LIKE A CATHOLIC”

We are still processing the wisdom and insights of Pope Francis’ new encyclical, Fratelli tutti—on universal fraternity and particularly the vocation of politics. During the Saskatchewan election, the diocese of Saskatoon hosted us for a virtual conversation about the encyclical and the place of Catholics in Canadian politics. We were joined in that conversation by Dr. Brett Salkeld, the theologian-in-residence at the Archdiocese of Regina. Dr. Salkeld has written in the past about Catholic political vocation. We wanted to share a recent article of his on “voting like a Catholic”, which shares so much in common with our mission at Catholic Conscience:

Consider the following: What does it mean that American Catholics who identify as Republican or Democrat typically sound more like other, non-Catholic Republicans or Democrats than we sound like one another? We are happy to point out where we believe our party comports with the Gospel, but where it does not, we far too commonly downplay the irksome bit of Church teaching instead of critiquing our party with the Gospel. (We notice this pattern quite easily, by the way, when it is done by members of the other party.) Or, like Adam hoping he could hide his own guilt by blaming Eve, we think we can excuse the evils in our own parties because the other party is ostensibly worse.

This is a scandal! It shows that our priorities are often much more easily shaped by our partisan political commitments than by our faith. This is, to put it in the stark terms of the Bible, idolatry. And this idolatry is damaging our society, our Church, and our souls.

CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE

What We’re Watching

FREE WEBINAR: CELEBRATE THE LIVING LEGACY OF DOROTHY DAY

Our Executive Director Brendan is a great admirer of legendary American Catholic activist and servant of the poor, Dorothy Day. Her biography Long Loneliness was a critical step for his return to the church, and she is an iconic example of Catholic citizenship in action. America Magazine and the Dorothy Day Guild are co-hosting an event to mark the 40th anniversary of her death.

Join the Dorothy Day Guild and America Media as we commemorate the 40th anniversary of the death of Servant of God Dorothy Day.

PANELISTS INCLUDE:
David Brooks, Op-ed Columnist, The New York Times
Anne Snyder, Editor in Chief, Comment magazine
Paul Elie, Senior Fellow, Georgetown University

Convener: Robert Ellsberg, Publisher, Orbis Books

Interviewer: Colleen Dulle, Assistant Producer, America Media

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THE WEBINAR

Prayer

POPE FRANCIS’ PRAYER TO THE CREATOR, FROM FRATELLI TUTTI

Pope Francis wrote this prayer as part of his new encyclical. Pray it in a spirit of universal solidarity, that Catholics may collectively be peacemakers in politics around the world—serving justice and human dignity wherever we serve.


Lord, Father of our human family,
you created all human beings equal in dignity:
pour forth into our hearts a fraternal spirit
and inspire in us a dream of renewed encounter,
dialogue, justice and peace.
Move us to create healthier societies
and a more dignified world,
a world without hunger, poverty, violence and war.
May our hearts be open
to all the peoples and nations of the earth.
May we recognize the goodness and beauty
that you have sown in each of us,
and thus forge bonds of unity, common projects,
and shared dreams. Amen.

Catholic Action campaigns, better politics with Pope Francis, drivers needed and more

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Madonna del Rosario

Helping Catholics prayerfully and thoughtfully discern their vote

Dear brothers and sisters,

We’ve had a busy month here at Catholic Conscience! You may recall our Catholic Action campaign for the 2019 federal election—a voter education and get-out-the-vote program offering Catholics resources for prayerfully and thoughtfully discerning their own vote and encouraging them to exercise their sacred obligation to vote. This month, we’ve partnered with Catholic organizations in Saskatchewan and British Columbia to bring the campaign to those provinces for their provincial elections. In Saskatchewan, we’re honoured to have worked with all the Roman Catholic dioceses of the province and the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy. Our campaign there has included recorded interviews with all the political parties, party platform comparisons, vote pledges, and more! And in British Columbia, we’ve worked with the B.C. Catholic newspaper, which devoted twelve full pages to our party platform comparisons.

It’s been a hectic few weeks, but we’ve both felt struck with a profound gratitude. And so, we want to thank you all for the many ways you support the work of Catholic Conscience. Whether you simply enjoying reading this newsletter or our other resources, or you’ve volunteered with us, or attended one of our events in the past, know that we feel a deep calling to the vocation of growing Catholic civic and political leadership in Canada—a vocation made possible because of your support. Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, and know that you are all in our prayers.

We’ll close by asking you all to say a special prayer for our fellow Canadians in Saskatchewan and British Columbia, who are going to the polls soon. You’ll find a prayer we’ve written for them at the end of this newsletter. May they all vote with the common good at heart—Saint Joseph, guide us!

With love,
Matthew Marquardt & Brendan Steven

Upcoming Events

BRITISH COLUMBIA GOES TO THE POLLS ON OCTOBER 24TH; SASKATCHEWAN, ON OCTOBER 26TH

Saint Joseph, Patron of Canada, pray for our fellow Canadians in Saskatchewan and British Columbia as they vote for their next provincial governments! Catholic Conscience was proud to partner with local Catholic organizations to deliver our Catholic Action campaign—a unique voter education and get-out-the-vote program for Catholic voters—in both provinces. In British Columbia, we worked with the B.C. Catholic to provide printed and digital versions of our party platform comparisons, offering the political parties’ key policies side-by-side with each other and relevant Catholic social teaching. In Saskatchewan, we partnered with the province’s Catholic dioceses to deliver a similar party platform comparison; along with resources for pastors writing homilies on the responsibility to vote, vote pledges for digital circulation, and interviews with each of the province’s political parties.

You can visit www.catholicconscience.org/saskatchewan2020 to see all our materials for the Saskatchewan election. And for British Columbia, visit www.catholicconscience.org/britishcolumbia2020.

Works of Mercy In Out Community

DOUBLE YOUR IMPACT BY DONATING TO SHARELIFE BEFORE NOVEMBER 8TH

In less than three weeks, the annual ShareLife parish fundraising campaign in the Archdiocese of Toronto will end. Every year this campaign raises critical millions to support 40 different Catholic charities and agencies in Toronto, supporting our vulnerable neighbours through every method of outreach you can imagine. With COVID-19, our support for Catholic charities has never been more critical. From now until November 8th, a generous donor is matching every donation given to ShareLife up to $500,000—donate today and double your impact! Click below to chip in.

CLICK HERE TO DONATE TO SHARELIFE AND DOUBLE YOUR IMPACT

Conscience Conversations

ARCHBISHOP DON BOLEN OF REGINA ON POLITICAL LOVE, THE COMMON GOOD, AND THE SASKATCHEWAN ELECTION

In this extraordinary reflection on political love and the common good, Bishop Don Bolen of the Archdiocese of Regina reflects on the current Saskatchewan election and says:

“I invite all of us to consider that an election is not merely a matter of deciding who to vote for, but a way in which we grow or fail in virtue. A way to build up or tear down our communities.”

Together, Saskatchewan Catholic voters can build up their communities by prayerfully and thoughtfully discerning their own vote, through their own conscience and the wisdom of Catholic social teaching. Watch the full reflection by clicking below.

CLICK HERE TO WATCH ARCHBISHOP BOLEN’S FULL REFLECTION

Serving Your Community

VOLUNTEER DRIVERS ARE NEEDED IN THE GTA

If you have a licence, a vehicle, and are looking for opportunities to volunteer and help others during the pandemic—you are exactly the kind of person most in need right now. Volunteer drivers support myriad organizations by delivering food to vulnerable people, offering rides to seniors, and in many other ways. It’s a particularly crucial role and there’s a shortage of volunteer drivers right now. If you’re willing and able to help, click below to learn more from the GTA volunteer centres how you can raise your hand and sign-up to help.

CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT VOLUNTEER DRIVING IN THE GTA

From The Holy Father

WATCH OUR CONVERSATION ABOUT FRATELLI TUTTI—THE POPE’S CALL FOR A BETTER POLITICS

It has been our great privilege and pleasure to partner with the Roman Catholic dioceses of Saskatchewan in delivering the Catholic Action campaign for their provincial election. The Pope seemed to perfectly time his latest encyclical, Fratelli tutti—on social friendship and solidarity—for a time when Canadians are thinking about how we can do politics better.

Our team joined a conversation hosted by the diocese of Saskatoon, featuring Myron Rogal, the diocese’s Coordinator of Justice & Peace, and Dr. Brett Salkeld, the Archdiocese of Regina’s theologian-in-residence. Together we discussed the Pope’s idea of political love, politics as the “highest form of charity” and what that means, as well as a path forward for Catholic citizens to respond to the Pope’s call for a better politics.

CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE FULL CONVERSATION

What We’re Watching

WATCH SASKATCHEWAN’S POLITICAL PARTIES ANSWER QUESTIONS ABOUT CATHOLIC SOCIAL TEACHING

As part of the Catholic Action campaign in Saskatchewan, and in partnership with the dioceses of Saskatchewan, we interviewed representatives from each of Saskatchewan’s political parties. This wasn’t your ordinary, confrontational election debate, where candidates often spend more time attacking each other than talking about their own ideas. Instead, we interviewed each representative one-on-one, asking a range of questions rooted in Catholic social teaching—covering topics like life and human dignity, care for God’s creation, community and the common good, and so much more.

CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE FULL VIDEO

Prayer

A PRAYER FOR VOTERS IN SASKATCHEWAN AND BRITISH COLUMBIA

We recently shared this prayer on Facebook—written to help voters in Saskatchewan discern their vote. We share it with you and encourage you to pray for our fellow Canadians in Saskatchewan and British Columbia, who will soon be voting.

Saint Joseph, Patron of Canada, I ask for your blessing and guidance as my fellow Canadians prepare to cast their vote in Saskatchewan and British Columbia.

Help them to reflect prayerfully on each of the parties and candidates and discern in their consciences which of these they believe will best serve the common good of all the people.

As they do so, remind them, Saint Joseph, that it is the highest calling of every Christian to love God and to love our neighbours; and that whatever we do to the least among us, we do to Christ himself.

Saint Joseph, protect and guide all your people—that we may together build a more just, loving, and united community, aimed at the common good of all; and together love our neighbours and build the Kingdom of Heaven, in honour of your foster son and our Lord, Jesus Christ.

For the future of Saskatchewan, I pray, 𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘍𝘢𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳, 𝘸𝘩𝘰 𝘢𝘳𝘵 𝘪𝘯 𝘩𝘦𝘢𝘷𝘦𝘯, 𝘩𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘰𝘸𝘦𝘥 𝘣𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘺 𝘯𝘢𝘮𝘦…

Amen.

Conversations with Saskatchewan’s political parties for the 2020 provincial election

Conversations with Saskatchewan’s political parties for the 2020 provincial election

Presented by Saskatchewan’s Roman Catholic Dioceses & Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy in partnership with Catholic Conscience.

Interviewer:
Alison Bradish, Archdiocese of Regina

Speakers:

Wade Sira Leader
Buffalo Party of Saskatchewan, Candidate in Martensville-Warman

Naomi Hunter Leader
Saskatchewan Green Party, Candidate in Regina-Elphenstone Centre

Nicole Sarauer
Saskatchewan New Democratic Party, Candidate in Regina Douglas Park

Ken Grey, Leader
Progressive Conservative Party of Saskatchewan, Candidate in Regina Walsh Acres

Gord Wyant, Deputy Premier
Saskatchewan Party, Candidate in Saskatoon Northwest

Please note that all of Saskatchewan’s political parties were invited to participate. The Saskatchewan Liberal Party did not respond.

New encyclical, stewardship, and voting Catholic

Sacristy - Madonna in prayer
Sacristy – Madonna in prayer

“Brothers and sisters, all”

Dear friends,

We have something to celebrate this coming October—news that Pope Francis is finishing a new encyclical, Frutelli tutti, which will be released for the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi on October 3rd.

This Pope always has something important to tell us about the way we relate to and love our neighbours—including (and perhaps especially!) those who do not share our Catholic faith. In the Holy Father’s uniquely warm yet realistically paternal spirit, Frutelli tutti (“Brothers and sisters, all” in English) will address the theme of human fraternity, that is recognizing each other as brothers and sisters, and the importance of this in the contemporary world for the promotion of peace, harmony and solidarity between individuals and nations.”

We look forward to reading the full encyclical and sharing with you the ways it can be applied to your own unique charism as a Catholic leader, witness, and citizen here in Canada. This is the purpose of this newsletter, and all of Catholic Conscience’s work: to help you love your neighbours through practical and realistic works in the community, civic, and political life.

We hope you enjoy this newsletter—and we always welcome feedback and ideas for what can be included in future additions! You can reach us at matthew@catholicconscience.org or brendan@catholicconscience.org.

As always, you’re in our prayers—may you remain safe and healthy in these challenging times.

With love,
Matthew Marquardt & Brendan Steven

Upcoming Events

WE’RE EXCITED TO BRING THE CATHOLIC ACTION CAMPAIGN TO SASKATCHEWAN IN 2020

Saskatchewan is set to hold a provincial election this fall, and we’re proud to be offering Saskatchewan Catholic voters a localized version of our Catholic Action campaign in partnership with Saskatchewan’s Catholic community. We first launched the Catholic Action campaign for the 2019 provincial election—a non-partisan, get-out-the-vote and voter education initiative. Catholic Action is centered on educating Catholic voters about Catholic social teaching and how they relate to relevant political issues; and mobilizing the Catholic community to go out and vote. Our first Catholic Action campaign was for the 2019 federal election, an unprecedented effort that reached thousands of Catholic voters in the GTA. It included our popular Conscience Cards, one-page briefs on themes of Catholic social teaching and its relation to relevant election issues. We’re excited to be bringing Catholic Action to Saskatchewan, to help Saskatchewan Catholic voters prayerfully and thoughtfully discern their vote in this provincial election.

CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR 2020 SASKATCHEWAN CATHOLIC ACTION CAMPAIGN 

Works of Mercy In Out Community

HELP TORONTO KIDS RETURN TO SCHOOL WITH THE ANGEL FOUNDATION FOR LEARNING

As students across Canada begin a new school year and return to classrooms, there’s a great deal of anxiety among parents, teachers, and kids about the reality of education during COVID-19.

We can help support students returning to class through our donations. For example: here in Toronto, the Angel Foundation for Learning—the official charity of the Toronto Catholic District School Board—works to ensure every student has an equal opportunity to succeed, through special support programs for kids who need them.

Consider a donation to the Angel Foundation this year, in solidarity and support of students returning to class under difficult circumstances.

CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE ANGEL FOUNDATION

AND CLICK HERE TO DONATE NOW!

Conscience Conversations

Bigger is not always better, says the B.C. Catholic

In a recent article for the B.C. Catholic, writer Paul Schratz reviewed the too-little known Catholic social teaching principle of subsidiarity—and why it’s a vital principle to keep in mind when thinking about politics from a Catholic perspective. Paul quoted at length from our recent Conscience Conversation on the topic of subsidiarity:

“[Subsidiarity] stands between the twin monsters of collectivism – the idea that all decision-making should be made by larger aggregations of distant governing bodies – and individualism, the idea that all power should be invested in individuals and that only individual interests should drive societal decision-making.”

READ THE FULL ARTICLE FROM THE B.C. CATHOLIC

OR CLICK HERE TO READ OUR CONSCIENCE CONVERSATION ON SUBSIDIARITY

Serving Your Community

ARCHDIOCESE OF TORONTO LAUNCHES FIRST-EVER STEWARDSHIP SUNDAY

On September 20, the Archdiocese of Toronto launched its first-ever Stewardship Sunday—a celebration and call to stewardship. Stewardship is a critical theme for us here at Catholic Conscience. Everything we have and everything we are—our time, talents, and treasures—do not belong to us, but rather, are loaned to us by God. In turn, we are called to use those gifts for the benefit of all—to multiply God’s gifts through good works. Our mission at Catholic Conscience is to inspire a sense of stewardship among Catholics, to offer their gifts in civic and political life. We hope you enjoy the Stewardship Sunday resources as much as we did.
 
Click here to watch Cardinal Collins’ homily for Stewardship Sunday.
 
To mark Stewardship Sunday, the Archdiocese also produced this wonderful video thanking all those who have worked so hard and volunteered to support the re-opening of parishes. Click here to watch.
 
Last but not least, read Cardinal Collins’ pastoral letter Stewardship, which reflects on these critical themes at length:
 
Cardinal Collins’ pastoral letter, “Stewardship”, is both a reflective guide and an urgent exhortation for Catholics to be aware of God’s gracious gifts and to live fully, gratefully, in service to others through sharing of time, talent, and treasure. He begins by unpacking the meaning of stewardship in Christian life. In this section, he offers the context for stewardship: the acknowledgement that we have received everything from God, and are “asked to make good use of what has been entrusted to us.” We are called to live as stewards with “creativity and boldness” and to regularly examine how we use the gifts that we have been given.

From The Holy Father

Read in the National Catholic Reporter more details about Pope Francis’ upcoming encyclical, clearly inspired by the life and ministry of St. Francis of Assisi:

Pope Francis will travel to Assisi Oct. 3 to sign an encyclical on the social, political and economic obligations that flow from a belief that all people are children of God and therefore brothers and sisters to one another.

The Vatican press office, confirming the pope’s trip, said the document will be titled “Fratelli Tutti” in Italian or “Brothers and Sisters All.”

Conventual Franciscan Fr. Mauro Gambetti, custodian of the Assisi convent, said the document “will indicate to the world a style for the future and will give the church and people of goodwill the responsibility for building it together.”

“The pope is clearly inspired by Francis of Assisi who, in following Jesus, recognized in fraternity, lived under the sign of mutual and loving service, the horizon of a fulfilled and happy humanity,” Gambetti added.

READ THE FULL ARTICLE BY CLICKING HERE

What We’re Watching

HOW TO VOTE CATHOLIC

We greatly enjoyed this video produced by the Archdiocese of Cincinnati on “how to vote Catholic.” It’s a great, short video resource on how any Catholic can prayerfully and thoughtfully reflect on their vote through Scripture and Catholic social teaching, to discern and form your conscience and cast your vote with the dignity of all in mind.

“By voting we help to determine and structure the common good. One of the core teachings of Christ is love your neighbour. This [voting] is a way of expressing our love for neighbour—by looking at our Christian principles and teachings of Christ and raising the question, who is best addressing the needs of my neighbours?”

With elections underway in British Columbia and Saskatchewan, and a federal election possible at any time, it’s a great introduction for Catholics who want to learn about the process of determining their vote through formation of conscience and Catholic faith.

CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE VIDEO

Prayer

STRONG IN TRIBULATION: PRAYERS FOR PANDEMICS

Earlier this year, the Vatican published a special book of prayers specially for pandemics. You can click here to read the entire book. Consider saying these prayers that God might deliver us from COVID-19, which has taken too many lives and caused such extraordinary harm to the world.

As you pray these prayers, please keep in your heart our brothers and sisters in British Columbia and Saskatchewan—that despite these circumstances, each citizen in those provinces discern their vote thoughtfully, by educating themselves on the party platforms and a positive vision for their community’s future.

Prayer for Liberation from the Epidemic to Our Lady of Divine Love

O Mary, You shine continuously on our journey as a sign of salvation and hope. We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick, who, at the cross, united with Jesus’ pain, keeping your faith firm.

You, Salvation of the Roman people, know what we need, and we trust that you will provide for those needs so that, as at Cana of Galilee, joy and celebration may return after this moment of trial.

Help us, Mother of Divine Love, to conform ourselves to the will of the Father and to do what Jesus tells us. He who took our sufferings upon Himself and burdened Himself with our sorrows to bring us, through the Cross, to the joy of Resurrection.

Amen.

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