Diocese News (Page 6)

International Women’s Day: Yesica

March 8 – International Women’s Day: Yesica: a voice that reverberates from the Amazon to the Synod Yesica Patiachi Tayori of the Peru’s Harakbut Indigenous community was invited to the Synod of Bishops for the Pan-Amazon Region in October 2019. She said, We, the Indigenous peoples, have been, are and will always be the guardians of the forest. But caring for our common home is everyone’s responsibility, not just that of Indigenous peoples. Development and Peace’s partner, the Amazonian Centre…

Diocese of Nelson Matrimonial Tribunal

Divorced and looking for closure? Remarried and yearning to return to the sacraments? The Diocese of Nelson Matrimonial Tribunal is here to help. We can be reached by phone, 250 448 2725 ext. 280, or e-mail marriage.tribunal@nelsondiocese.org and are more than willing to answer any questions about the process itself, any fees that may be involved, or simply how to begin a case.

Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide

The Catholic Bishops of Alberta have written a beautiful Pastoral Letter titled ‘Remaining True to Christ Now and at the Hour of our Death.’ It is a letter addressing Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide. It stresses that ‘Euthanasia and assisted suicide stand in stark opposition to the Christian way of living and our belief in the sanctity of human life….. They violate the prohibition against taking innocent human life and stand as a rejection of God’s absolute sovereignty over life and…

Pilgrimage of Faith, St. John Vianney – 2020

I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink . . . Whatsoever you do to the least of my brothers and sisters, you did it to me. Matthew 25: 35ff Dear Friends, There are so many in our world today without food, without shelter, without clothing. With the generosity of the men and women of good will, we pray for the day when there will be enough food for every hungry child;…

Changes to Pilgrimage of Faith Appeal

To: The Faithful of the Nelson Diocese For a number of years, the Pilgrimage of Faith Appeal has been running from October 1 to September 30th. The timing of the appeal has led to numerous challenges on many levels, especially when it comes to adhering to Revenue Canada guidelines and expectations. A review of the timing of donations to the appeal show that the majority of donations are received during October to December. We believe that this has more to…

Statement on the Legalization of Marijuana in Canada Catholic Bishops of British Columbia and Yukon

With recreational use of cannabis now legal in Canada, Catholics are understandably asking themselves some questions: Is the use of cannabis now morally permissible? How should I respond to the availability of legal marijuana? To begin, it’s important to recall that Catholics look to the teachings of Jesus, Sacred Scripture and the Church for guidance on moral matters. The mere fact that an activity is made legal by the government does not automatically mean that it is morally acceptable. It…

Statement on the Legalization of Cannabis/Marijuana for Recreational Use

The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) expresses its disappointment at the passage of Bill C-45, which legalizes cannabis/marijuana for recreational use. Given the numerous known risks cannabis use poses to human society and human health (physical, mental and emotional), it is lamentable that the federal government has decided to facilitate the provision and use of an addictive substance that will have disastrous effects for so many people. The Canadian Medical Association, the Canadian Psychiatric Association, and the Canadian Paediatric…